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15.11.2014 12:35 Alter: 5 yrs

44th GESIS Spring Seminar: Challenges for Empirical Social Science Research: Assessing Data Quality - Identifying Structures in Complex Data

A teaching program for social scientists held in Cologne (Germany) 2015 March 2 - 20.

Spring Seminar is primarily designed to foster knowledge and judgment abilities in the application of multivariate statistical analysis techniques for survey data.

First you learn about the potentials of the given tools for data analysis in all depth needed and then in a further step new and important sources of data are also investigated.

In 2015 we additionally demonstrate why and how Correspondence Analysis, Multidimensional Scaling and other dimensional Representation- and Visualization-techniques serve for deeper insight with special tasks: data quality, machine learning, big data.



Courses in Spring Seminar consist of a lecture and a hands-on-workshop.


§ The lecture provides with profound theoretical background knowledge on the statistical methods.

The use of parameters is explained. Needs for publications are discussed.


§ The hands-on-workshop shows how to apply the methods to data.

Examples with real data from social science research will be given

As a result you will be enabled to use the methods in your own research context.

           In the PC-lab all programs and data are available for each participant.

           To bring your own data to Spring Seminar helps.    




This year’s key theme:


Challenges for Empirical Social Science Research:

Assessing Data Quality – Identifying Structures in Complex Data



I am pleased to present the following courses:


§ Prof. Dr. Jörg Blasius, University of Bonn, Germany

Prof. em. Dr. Victor Thiessen, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Correspondence Analysis, Related Methods, and the Cross-national Comparability of Data

March 2 - 6


§ Prof. Patrick J. F. Groenen and Pieter Schoonees,

Econometric Institute, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Machine Learning and Visualization

March 9 - 13


§ Prof. Michael Greenacre, Universitat Pompeu Fabra & Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Spain
Dr. Oleg Nenadić, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Biplots, Big Data and Beyond!

March 16 - 20


All lectures will be given in English.


Please find the detailed program, information about location, fees, accommodation as well as the registration on our website:




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