F&ES 758b / 2017-2018

Multivariate Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences

Credits: 3

Spring 2018: Time and location TBA
 

 

An introduction to the analysis of multivariate data. Topics include multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), principal components analysis, cluster analysis (hierarchical clustering, k-means), canonical correlation, multidimensional scaling ordination methods, discriminate analysis, factor analysis, and structural equations modeling. Emphasis is placed on practical application of multivariate techniques to a variety of natural and social examples in the environmental sciences. Students are required to select a dataset early in the term for use throughout the term. There are regular assignments and a final project. Extensive use of computers is required—students may use any combination of R, SAS, SPSS, STATA, and MINITAB. Prerequisites: a prior course in introductory statistics and a good understanding of multiple linear regression. Three hours lecture/discussion.

Prerequisites for F&ES 758:
F&ES 510: Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
or equivalent coursework.