MF9540 – Analysis of contingency tables and logistic regression

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Course content

1. Analysis of contingency tables, 2x2 tables and rxc tables. Measures of effect. The chi-square test, Fisher’s exact test.
2. Stratified analyses, the Mantel Haenszel estimator.
Confounding and effect modification.
3. Simple logistic regression
4. Multiple logistic regression

Learning outcome

The course is intended to give an understanding of concepts and methods related to analysis of categorical data, with focus on analysis of contingency tables and logistic regression. The course is based on the SPSS software.


Ph.D. candidates and students at the Medical Student Research Programme will get first priority to the course. Maximum number of particpants is 35.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

It is required that the participants have been through the MF9130E Introductory course in statistics /MF9130 Innføring i statitstikk or equivalent.

Recommended previous knowledge

Some knowledge of linear regression models.


The course is organized as full day teaching over 4 days and includes lectures and exercises in PC-labs.

NB! You have to participate in at least 80 % of the teaching to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance at lectures will be registered.


A take-home exam will be given at the end of the course. Grading: pass/fail.

Explanations and appeals


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






It is currently not decided when this course will be offered again

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