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Advanced Topics in Applied Regression: Data Issues and Causal Approaches - Levi Littvay

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Levente Littvay

Central European University

Note: This course can be preceded by SD207A – Advanced Topics in Applied Regression: Modelling Issues Short Bio Levi holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he also studied Survey Research and Methodology. Held visiting positions at Washington State, Eotvos Lorand and Zagreb University and taught a number of workshops on statistical topics. Predominantly a methodologist, Levi’s research strives to find new, interdisciplinary analytical strategies to complex problems and research questions. Currently researches statistical methods, political behavior and political psychology. Prerequisite knowledge Note from the Academic Convenors to prospective participants: by registering to this course, you certify that you possess the prerequisite knowledge that is requested to be able to follow this course. The instructor will not teach again these prerequisite items. If you doubt whether you possess that knowledge to a sufficient extent, we suggest you contact the instructor before you proceed to your registration. You need a solid understanding of linear and logistic regression to the level that is described in the following texts. Michael Lewis-Beck. (1980). Applied Regression: An Introduction. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, John Fox. (1991). Regression Diagnostics. Newbury Park, CA: Sage and Fred C. Pampel. (2000). Logistic Regression: A Primer. Newbury Park, CA: Sage (All books are from the Quantitative Applications in the Social Science, aka. little green books, series.) If you have never used R, you are required to take the refresher course in R. If you have some basic working knowledge of R (even if it is not much), you know how to use and manage data and you ran models before, you should be fine in this class. In this course we will use R and Mplus. You do not need a working knowledge of Mplus for the class. But some basic knowledge of R is necessary. This course starts where the two-week ECPR Summer Course on Multiple Regression Analysis ends. Please also consult that study plan to assess if you are ready for this course or if you should be taking that course instead. Short outline Once a researcher becomes comfortable with regression, often the question arises. What next? Building on the assumptions regression models make (especially independence, causality, linearity and lack of measurement error), this course offers an overview of multitude of ways the assumptions can be relaxed. In the process the course trains researchers to carefully think about these assumptions and become better data analysts and social scientists at the same time. The relaxing of regression assumptions allows us to look at the world from a new angle, to ask novel research questions. The course offers an introduction to many statistical techniques that either complement or build on regression analysis. These include in depth understanding of interactions, fixed and random effects, multilevel, and quasi-experimental causal models. We also discuss more precise estimation through corrections for less precise measures, sampling bias, unit nonresponse, item nonresponse, bootstrapping and advanced model selection.

Instructor Bio

Levente Littvay researches survey and quantitative methodology, twin and family studies and the psychology of radicalism and populism.

He is an award-winning teacher of graduate courses in applied statistics with a topical emphasis in electoral politics, voting behaviour, political psychology and American politics.

He is one of the Academic Convenors of ECPR’s Methods School, and is Associate Editor of Twin Research and Human Genetics and head of the survey team at Team Populism.


Each course includes pre-course assignments, including readings and pre-recorded videos, as well as daily live lectures totalling at least two and a half hours. The instructor will conduct live Q&A sessions and offer designated office hours for one-to-one consultations.

Please check your course format before registering.

Online courses

Live classes will be held daily for two and half hours on a video meeting platform, allowing you to interact with both the instructor and other participants in real-time. To avoid online fatigue, the course employs a pedagogy that includes small-group work, short and focused tasks, as well as troubleshooting exercises that utilise a variety of online applications to facilitate collaboration and engagement with the course content.


This course description may be subject to subsequent adaptations (e.g. taking into account new developments in the field, participant demands, group size, etc.). Registered participants will be informed at the time of change.

By registering for this course, you confirm that you possess the knowledge required to follow it. The instructor will not teach these prerequisite items. If in doubt, please contact us before registering.