2009/10 session 2009-11-25 seminar

The Applied Biostatistics Association, TABA,  invites you to a seminar and dinner…

Topic: Semiparametric Mixed Model: A Best of Both Worlds Approach

Speaker: Heather Krause, York University

Abstract:  The presentation will provide a brief overview of modern nonparametric techniques and a summary of current linear mixed model theory.  The focus of the presentation will be the fusion of these two techniques resulting in semiparametric mixed models.  This type of model is quite valuable in the analysis of complex data that may be related in unusual ways.  It is a modular approach that can be adapted to address the unique situation presented by each data set.  We will look at several recent examples of applications and developments in a wide range of fields – including an examination of spinal bone mineral density in women, factors influencing the use of the death penalty in Britain and the effect of air quality on the growth of spruce trees.  As much as possible, we will present the implementation of this type of model in both R and SAS, from identifying the type of data that would respond well, to developing code that works, to generating graphs that aid in the interpretation of the outcomes of the semiparametric mixed model.

When: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
6-7 pm seminar
7 pm dinner (optional, but pre-registration required)

Where: Room 7-605, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue

Cost: Seminar – free
Dinner – $15  (students $5)

Please RSVP to Tina Haller at November 15th if you plan to attend the seminar or the dinner (see dinner cancellation policy below). If you plan to attend the dinner, please mail a cheque payable to TABA to
Tina Haller
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If you have signed up for dinner, and have to cancel, we request a 48 hour notice.  Otherwise, TABA does have to pay for the dinner, and we will have to pass the cost back onto you.
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TABA seminars are made possible thanks in part to generous donations from McDougall Scientific Ltd, Purdue Pharma and Amgen Canada

If you would like to see your company name here as a sponsor, please contact Tina Haller or Ruth Croxford
(taba.exec@gmail.com).
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We look forward to seeing you there!

TABA excutive:
Ruth Croxford, President
Reid Robson, Vice President
Tina Haller, Treasurer
Lorinda Simms, Secretary
Marguerite Ennis, Secretary

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