Statistical Workshops

All statistical workshops are free and registration is first-come/first-seated.  Attendees must contact the instructor 72 hours before the class starts to request data and syntax files be emailed to them (stats@uic.edu).


Due to heavy volume of interest, we have stopped accepting requests for class-exercise files for any of the Intro-SAS or Intro-SPSS workshops.  These Introductory level workshops are full. However, they will be offered again in the Fall 2015 semester.

Please note, there are still some seats available for the post-Intro level SPSS and SAS classes, if you are already familiar with basic SAS and/or SPSS programming syntax language.


Introductory-level Workshops

Introduction to SAS (Jan 26 | Jan 29

Topics covered in this workshop include an overview of the SAS layout, defining and creating SAS libraries, importing Excel spreadsheets into SAS, SAS statements “DATA”, “INFILE”, “INPUT”; creating SAS variables, row & column include/exclude commands, variable labels, date and currency definition options, PROC statements for “PRINT”, “MEANS”, “FREQ”, and tables-options.  This workshop is offered twice this semester and the same material will be covered in each session.

Recommended prerequisite: Completion of a 200-level course in statistics.

Introduction to SPSS (Feb 2 | Feb 5) 

Topics covered in this workshop include the different kinds of SPSS files, navigating the SPSS Graphical User Interface, using SPSS syntax, the variable-attributes screen, FREQUENCIES dialogue, importing Excel and text files into SPSS, the partial-correlation formula, cross-tabulations, and some basic graph functions. This workshop is offered twice this semester and the same material will be covered in each session.

Recommended prerequisite: Completion of a 200-level course in statistics.


Due to heavy volume of interest, we have stopped accepting requests for class-exercise files for the following intermediate SPSS workshops.  These workshops are full. However, they will be offered again in the Fall 2015 semester.


Intermediate-level Workshops

Linear Multiple Regression (SPSS, Feb 9 | SAS, Feb 12)

Linear Multiple Regression: A start-to-finish example of some of the various procedures and options for univariate screening of data prior to producing a multiple-regression model (e.g., addressing common confounds to producing models, decision-rules for addressing missing-data issues, formulas to partially-ameliorate issues arising from data Missing Completely At Random, regression-selection methods, diagnostic plots, and detection of multicolinearity).

Recommended prerequisites: SAS or SPSS basic skills, comfort with using a syntax programming language, and completion of a 400-level course in statistics.

Cleaning Dirty Data (SPSS, Feb 16 | SAS, Feb 17)

Taught as a hands-on lesson with a realistic sample dataset and narrative context, this workshop teaches programming protocols for the screening and cleaning of various types of data errors (e.g., missing or invalid primary-keys, alphabetical entries in numeric fields, invalid values, data mis-keyed into incorrect fields). Lessons are useful for all professionals that manage and/or analyze data.

Prerequisites: Completion of ACCC's “Introduction to SAS/SPSS” and “Linear Multiple Regression” workshops, OR equivalent knowledge acquired through academics and/or workplace experience. Comfort with using a syntax programming language.

One-Way Analysis of Variance (SPSS, Feb 23 | SAS, Feb 26)

Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) is one of the most commonly-used statistical tests.  This class will cover “One-Way-Between-Subjects”, one of the most basic and frequently used models, employed to assess whether group-averages differ meaningfully due to some attribute(s) specific to one or more groups being studied.

Topics covered in this workshop include importing various genres of research data into SAS or SPSS, mathematical assumptions that must be met in order for ANOVA test results to be valid and reliable, relative effects of mathematical assumption violations on ANOVA testing, relative effectiveness of widely-accepted countermeasures to ANOVA assumption violations, using tabular or graphical means to identify assumption violations, and producing ANOVA graphs.

Recommended prerequisites: Completion of a 300- or 400-level course in statistics, completion of ACCC's “Introduction to SAS/SPSS” and “Linear Multiple Regression"; OR equivalent knowledge acquired through academics and/or workplace experience. Comfort with using a syntax programming language.

Advanced-level Workshop

Logistic Binary Regression (SPSS, Mar 2 SAS, Mar 5)

Logistic Regression is the third-leg of the mathematically logical triangle, which includes Linear Regression and ANOVA.  This class will cover Logistic Binary Regression, which is employed to build predictive models when the outcome of research interest is dichotomous (e.g., “patient died/survived” or “customer purchased/didn’t purchase”). Like the Linear Regression and ANOVA workshops, this class is comprised of hands-on, applied, SPSS or SAS programming exercises.  To instill the course with “real world” context and also provide a sense of topical continuity, all instruction will revolve around the same dataset: an authentic medical-trauma research study.

Topics covered in this workshop include: 1) a brief refresher on the mathematics that drive Logistic Binary Regression and of the circumstances under which this is the best procedure to use for predictive-model building; 2) extensive diagnostic data-screening to assess whether mathematical and scientific assumptions have been met sufficiently for a constructed model’s predictions to be valid and reliable; 3) individual case-deletion diagnostics to identify outliers that disproportionately influence the estimation of correlation coefficients during the building of the predictive model; 4) case-by-case qualitative analysis of the model’s predictive failures; 5) Plots, ROC Curve and S-graphs, and, 6) a brief introduction to the topic of “Propensity Score Matching” as a countermeasure for predictive-modeling confounds occasioned by substantial aggregate dissimilarities between Control and Treatment groups.

Recommended prerequisites: completion of 400-level statistics classes, an aptitude for and an interest in multivariate statistical testing; and, a level of competency writing SPSS or SAS programming language which is equivalent to having completed the other four ACCC-sponsored SPSS or SAS workshops.

Statistical Training Workshop Policy

All cameras & recording equipment are prohibited and electronic devices must be turned off during the workshops.  

Last updated: 

January 16, 2015

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