The Center for the Demography of Health and Aging's weekly methodological seminar series on the University of Wisconsin campus provides an opportunity to meet with researchers from around the world who study midlife development and aging, the economics of population aging, inequalities in health and aging, and international comparative studies of aging populations.
The seminar introduces sociological applications of path analysis and structural equation models. Following a review of basic ideas of structure, interpretation, estimation, and inference in recursive models, the seminar will work through problems of specification, identification, and model selection in simple latent-variable models and nonrecursive models, using published examples where possible. The LISREL model will be introduced, and its use in the specification of a variety of models will be reviewed: Factor models, MIMIC models, recursive and nonrecursive models with and without unobservables, multiple group models, models of nested data, models of repeated measurements, models for ordinal categorical data, and models for missing data.
Sociology 360 is a first course in statistics, covering basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics. The topics include graphical displays of data; summary statistics; the binomial and normal distributions; correlation and least squares; simple research designs; probability and random variables; and inferences about means, counts, and simple regression. Students will analyze and display small bodies of data using computers and calculators and will interpret and evaluate research findings. Syllabus for Sociology 360