Maximising the use of Australian Bureau of Statistics Data Products and Analysis Tools - CPD103

  • 30 Sep 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Canberra



SSA and the Australian Bureau of Statistics are pleased to present the following pre-conference workshop in the lead-up to this year's Young Statisticians Conference, YSC2019:

Maximising the use of Australian Bureau of Statistics Data Products and Analysis Tools
in Canberra (Manuka Oval, Griffith) on 30 September 2019.

About the workshop
This one-day workshop will have two components. First, it will provide an overview of the wide variety of data sources from the Australian Bureau of Statistics that are available for analysts. These sources include our 5-yearly Census, survey data, administrative data, and in particular, linked data. A demonstration of the ABS Table Builder and Data Lab products - platforms for analysts to remotely undertake bespoke analyses using ABS data - will be given. Several case studies will provide examples of the many innovative ways analysts are making use of ABS data for their projects. Second, it will focus on how Table Builder can produce data-cubes for a standard analysis in R. This will then extend to creating large data- cubes suitable for mixed models using the ‘LME4’ package in R. This second component of the workshop will conclude with discussion of Poisson-gamma models, which have additional advantages in this type of data framework. 

About the presenters
Louise Gates has over 20 years' experience as a statistical methodologist at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and is currently the Director of the Health National Statistics Centre at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Centre leads the production of national official health statistics and data products. When Louise is not at the ABS or raising her three teenage children, you'll most likely find her off the beaten track running, white water kayaking, or bushwalking.
James Brown has over 20 years of experience as an applied statistician including collaborations with Government Statistics in the UK and Australia. Since September 2013, he is Professor of Official Statistics at UTS and just completed a term as Associate Head of School (Research) for School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences.


Early Bird (closing on 16 August 2019)

SSA student member $140

Non-member student: $180

SSA member: $280

Non member: $350

ABS staff (up to 15 in total): $140

From 17 August:

SSA student member $190

Non-member student: $230

SSA member: $330

Non member: $400

ABS staff (up to 15 in total): $190

Other useful information:
Workshop participants will need to bring a laptop loaded with R and RStudio. The required packages are readxl, dplyr, tidyr, stringr, and lme4. They are also required to register for a free ABS TableBuilder Basic account here.

Participants would benefit from knowledge of models of count/binary data (eg poisson and logistic regression). Some useful background reading is available here

Travel Expenses
Occasionally workshops have to be cancelled due to a lack of subscription. Early registration ensures that this will not happen. Please contact the SSA Office before making any travel arrangements to confirm that the workshop will go ahead, because the Society will not be held responsible for any travel or accommodation expenses incurred due to a workshop cancellation.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received prior to Monday, 23 September 2019 will be refunded, minus a $20 administration fee. 
From then onwards no part of the registration fee will be refunded. However, registrations are transferable within the same organisation. Please advise any changes to

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