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Doing Multivariate Analysis | DMA


Doing Multivariate Analysis (DMA)

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 consists of live lectures (via Zoom) supplemented by a series of screencasts, which covers the theory and interpretation of multivariate regression; the other half is covered in hands-on lab sessions (via Zoom), 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 SSRMP'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 pre-recorded lecture in the morning and a two-hour Zoom lab session in the afternoon.

Michaelmas Term

  • DMA 1: 10am-12 noon AND 2-4pm on Mons 23rd November and 30th November 2020
  • DMA 2: 10am-12 noon AND 2-4pm on Weds 25th November and 2nd December 2020
  • DMA 3: 10am-12 noon AND 4-6pm on Weds 25th November and 2nd December 2020

Lent Term

  • DMA 4: 10am-12 noon AND 2-4pm on Fri 29th January and 5th February 2021



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.