WMIER Research Series: Cirque de Statistics 2

Date / Time: 15-17 August 2011
Venue: TT.1.12

This WMIER research series that will look at which statistical analysis tools you can use in your research. These sessions will be introductory and therefore will be of most use to those with little experience of statistical analysis.


  • So you’ve got the data. Now what? (Mira Peter)
    In this workshop we will discuss the kinds of questions researchers may ask of a data set. Various statistical procedures will be offered to answer those questions.
  • Factor analysis and principal component analysis (David Whitehead)
    In this workshop I will demonstrate how the exploratory ‘data reduction’ techniques of factor analysis and principal component analysis were used with data from a questionnaire about what frightens teenagers. The techniques were used to reduce large numbers of variables to a more manageable number, prior to using them in other analysis.
  • Building up your SEM models in AMOS (Junjun Chen)
    Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) is a statistical technique to investigate causal and linear relationships among variables. This workshop will talk about the research questions SEM can answer and how AMOS (Analysis of Moment Structure) software can help with this. Some data examples will be shared.

The series is open to University of Waikato staff and post-graduate students only.