Online live course for DFO: Generalised Additive Models for the analysis of spatial and spatial-temporal data. 29 & 30 January, 5, 6,12 & 13 February 2024

£ 450.00 each

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This course is only for DFO Canada employees

Onlive live course: Generalised Additive Models for the analysis of spatial and spatial-temporal data.

  • Dates: 9 and 30 January, 5, 6, 12 and 13 February 2024.
  • Times: 15.00 - 20.00 UK time (10.00-15.00 EST).
  • Included: 2 hours face-to-face video chat about your data. See flyer for details and conditions.

Course format

  • Live online teaching is from 15.00-20.00 UK time (10.00-15.00 EST).
    There are six 5-hour sessions over a 3-week period, representing a total of 30 hours of work.
  • The course includes a few theory presentations along with a large number of exercises using real data sets. Detailed, annotated R code will be provided, and a brief period will be set aside for practice before each exercise is discussed in depth.
  • Please note that this is not a self-study course.

Brief outline
We will start with a non-technical introduction to generalised additive models (GAM). Using a series of exercises, we show how GAMs can be used to allow for non-linear covariate effects. Once we are familiar with GAM, we will apply them to various spatial, and spatial-temporal data sets.

During the course, GAMs are applied to count data, absence-presence data, proportional data, and continuous data using the Gaussian, Poisson, negative binomial, Bernoulli, beta, gamma and Tweedie distributions.

We will apply GAMs with 2-dimensional smoothers to analyse spatial data, and spatial-temporal data. To allow for natural barriers (e.g. an island in the sea), soap-film smoothers are used.

Throughout the course we will use the mgcv package in R. This is a non-technical, and easy-to-follow course.

For more information, see the course flyer: Flyer2024_02_DFOGAMSpatTemp.pdf