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Doing Multivariate Analysis | DMA


Basic Quantitative Analysis (BQA)

This module will introduce you to the theory and practice of multivariate analysis, covering Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) and logistic regressions. You will learn how to read published results critically, to do simple multivariate modelling yourself, and to interpret and write about your results intelligently.

The module covers the basic theory and practice of multivariate regression: underlying assumptions; and issues of specification, including dealing with missing values and categorical variables. 

  • Logistic regressions: what are they for?
  • Transforming and interpreting logistic coefficients
  • Dealing with nonlinear relationships
  • Basic diagnostic statistics
  • Collinearity

Half of the module is based in the lecture theatre, and covers the theory behind multivariate regression; the other half is lab-based, in which students will work through practical exercises using statistical software.To get the most out of the course, you should also expect to spend some time between sessions having fun by building your own statistical models.


Students wishing to take this modules should have

either successfully completed Foundations in Applied Statistics and Basic Quantitative Analysis, including the end-of-module tests
or have had previous training in introductory level statistics (verified by the Skill Check)

Students are also expected to have a working knowledge of Stata. If you have not taken BQA, and have not learned Stata elsewhere, there are three options: 

  1. download the materials from "90-minute Stata" and work through them yourself;
  2. enrol in the SSRMC's Introduction to Stata module.

Module structure

This module is very popular, so we repeat it several times (as four "series"). Each series covers exactly the same material, and is at the same level. Each series runs over two days a week apart, with a two-hour lecture in the morning and a two-hour lab session in the afternoon. The intensive series runs over a single day.

  • DMA 1: 10am-12 noon AND 2-4pm on Mons 20th and 27th November 2017
  • DMA 2: 10am-12 noon AND 2-4pm on Weds 22nd and 29th November 2017
  • DMA 3: 10am-12 noon AND 4-6pm on Weds 22nd and 29th November 2017
  • DMA Int: 9am-6pm Wed 24th January 2018


The statistical package Stata


    • Weekly online quizzes to check progress
    • An end-of-module assessment (open-book online test)

    Reading List

    Available on the module's Moodle page.


    Bookings for this module (and all other Basic Statistics Stream modules) should be requested via our dedicated BSS booking page. The page contains a booking request form which goes live each year after the SSRMC Induction at the start of Michaelmas Term.