From February 1st to February 12th 2021
This Winter School will offer students in several disciplines both methods and tools to design and conduct sample surveys in many fields, such as socio-economics, web analytics and environmental studies, among others. The approach to the topic will combine methodological issues with all aspects related to practical applications.
In particular, the first week of the School will be devoted to deepening methodological aspects necessary to the comprehension of sampling theory.
The second week will be dedicated to further explore particular aspects, both theoretical and practical, typical of real surveys, such as, among others, treatment of nonresponse, sampling for spatial data, panel surveys.
The study of all treated arguments will be joined by their implementation on real data-sets by using the open source software R, both in classrooms and in afternoon work groups sessions.
At the end of each week, two workshops are planned:
- the first will concern the traditional dualism among census and sampling surveys;
- the second will address a recent practical problem, such as how to make inference when big data are available and used.
In addition to academic work, the School offers a range of social and cultural activities, such as guided visits to ISPAT (Statistical Institute of Province of Trento), CREA (Research Unit for forestry monitoring and planning), Cantina Toblino in Sarche (Trento) and other visits to museums and local eno-gastronomic realities.
Admissions reserved to up to 25 senior undergraduate and graduate international students (Bachelor's and Master's degree students only).
The course is addressed (but not exclusively) to students in Economics, Sociology, International Studies, Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences.
Necessary prerequisites are basic knowledge of probability and inferential statistics, as obtainable from traditional basic courses of statistics and data analysis.
A good level of English is needed (minimum level B2).
Students coming from partner universities are pre-selected and nominated by partner universities. UniTrento will make a final screening of the applications.
External students are selected by UniTrento only.
All students are required to upload their CV, ToR (Transcript of Records) and a motivation letter when applying (the on-line application tool is available in the section Useful Links).
Workload and Credits
The School, taught entirely in English, consists of 8 hours per day of organized activities (lectures, workshops, seminars, visits to local companies, excursions) plus preparation hours.
At the end of the School participants will receive an official UniTrento transcript of records certifying 6 ECTS (+ 2 possible additional credits for optional extra work to be arranged with the academic coordinator).
Economics and Management Department - Via Inama 5, Trento
All participants will stay in a double room, either in an apartment or student dormitory
Students from partner universities: 450 Euros
External students (from non-partner universities): 1.000 Euros
In addition to academic activities, participation fees include: accommodation, meals in the university restaurant during the week (except for breakfast), bus pass and social/cultural programs.
All round trip travel costs to and from Trento are to be covered individually by each participant.
Deadlines and Application
Student Nominations by partner Universities: by 30 October 2020.
All students must complete the on-line application by 15 November 2020 (including CV, ToR and motivation letter).
The on-line application is available on this page in the section Useful Links.
The School will be activated with a minimum number of 10 participants.
International Relations Division
international [at] unitn.it
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