APA Offers Training in Data Mining Techniques

This summer APA is sponsoring an Advanced Training Institute (ATI) on Exploratory Data Mining in Behavioral Research. The course will take place at the University of Southern California on June 14-18, 2010, under the direction of Jack McArdle. It will cover the conceptual bases and strategies of exploratory data mining as well as leading current techniques and software. The ATI is open to faculty-level researchers, post-docs, and advanced graduate students.

Data mining has emerged in recent years as a major area of statistical research and practice and is increasingly employed by psychologists and other behavioral scientists. Exploratory data mining techniques are particularly useful for the analysis of very large data sets, as can arise in clinical, survey, psychometric, and genomic research.

This ATI was first offered in 2009 and received high evaluations from participants. As described in an article in the APA Monitor, participants were able to use the methods to examine an expanded range of questions and detect unexpected patterns in the data sets that they brought with them to the course.

APA is offering four ATIs in 2010:

  • Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research
    May 25-29, University of Virginia
  • Exploratory Data Mining in Behavioral Research
    June 14-18, University of Southern California
  • Non-Linear Methods for Psychological Science
    June 21-25, University of Cincinnati
  • Research Methods with Diverse Racial & Ethnic Groups
    June 21-25, Michigan State University

Application deadlines for these programs begin March 3. Applications must be submitted online through the web page for each ATI. Modest financial support is available for some ATI participants. Details can be found on each ATI’s web page.