Chapter 1 Preface

These notes are split into four primary sections:

These sections will generally be presented in sequence. The discussion will alternate between theory and practice. The format will alternate between lecture and exercises. Please ask questions as soon as they arise in your mind. Please provide feedback or voice concerns.

There are two additional sections:

1.1 How to use this document

These notes are published in bookdown format which enables easy creation of longform documents (using a mixture of markdown, R, and for these notes specifically, Stata’s dyndoc, which was added in Stata 15).

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1.2 Contact information

1.2.1 CSCAR

1.3 Acknowledgments

These notes have evolved over the years thanks to many CSCAR statisticians, including Josh Errickson, Giselle Kolenic, Brady West, Heidi Reichert, and Lingling Zhang.

This material was created for use in workshops and short courses presented by faculty and staff from the Consulting for Statistics, Computing & Analytics Research (CSCAR) at the University of Michigan. No part of this material may be used for other purposes, copied, changed, or sold.