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Subject: Model Averaging in Ecology (ONLINE)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Much of statistical practice is concerned with parameter uncertainty, and ignores model uncertainty, which arises when we fit several models and find that no single model stands out as best. This course will provide you with the tools to be able to allow for both types of uncertainty. Model averaging involves estimating the parameters in a way that allows for model uncertainty, and it often provides better estimates and confidence/credible intervals than those from a single best model. In this course you will learn how to use model averaging, from both a Bayesian and frequentist perspective.The course is based on David Fletcher's recent book (Springer 2018), which can be found here.

PREREQUISITES: Experience with the basics of probability, statistical methods (estimation and model selection), and using R to fit statistical models.

FORMAT: Students will take the course at their own pace over a four-week period. The course is divided into two modules (Bayesian and Frequentist model averaging) composed of pre-recorded lecture material and hands-on exercises using R. Student interaction and instructor feedback will be provided in the form of email, online discussion forums, and live Q & A. Each student will also have the opportunity in weeks 2 and 4 to meet with the instructor via one-on-one video consultation to discuss their individual project from school or work.


DATES: October 3-30, 2022

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: This course is approved by The Wildlife Society (16 CEUs) and the Ecological Society of America (4 CEUs). CEU’s are included for FREE.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ESA CERTIFICATION: This course is approved by the Ecological Society of America for 1 semester hour of qualified coursework that can be used to meet the minimum education requirements in Physical and Mathematical Science.

PRICE: Early bird course fee (end June 15): $600 professional / $500 student

SCHOLARSHIPS: Full scholarships are available to participants from countries designated as “lower income” and “lower middle income” in the World Bank List of Economies. Please see our CWS World Scholars Program page for details.

To learn more/to register, please visit: https://www.centerforwildlifestudies.org/courses/model-averaging-ecology-2022

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022