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Introduction to biostatistics and machine learning – Online

October 4 - October 8
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Introduction to biostatistics and machine learning – Online

October 4, 2021 @ 08:00 October 8, 2021 @ 17:00 CEST

National course open for PhD students, postdocs, researchers and other employees in need of biostatistical skills within all Swedish universities. The course is geared towards life scientists wanting to be able to understand and use basic statistical methods. It would also suit those already applying biostatistical methods but have never got a chance to reflect on and truly grasp the basic statistical concepts, such as the commonly misinterpreted p-value.

Important date

Application open: now
Application closes: 2021-08-21
Confirmation to accepted students:  2021-09-01
Responsible teachers:  Olga Dethlefsen, Eva Freyhult

If you do not receive information according to the above dates please contact olga.dethlefsen@nbis.se, eva.freyhult@nbis.se

Course content

  • Probability theory
  • Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals
  • Resampling
  • Linear regression methods
  • Introduction to generalized linear models
  • Model evaluation
  • Unsupervised learning incl. clustering and dimension reduction methods
  • Supervised learning incl. classification


In this course we focus on an active learning approach. The course participants are expected to do some pre-course reading and exercises, corresponding up to 40h studying. The education consists of teaching blocks alternating between mini-lectures, group discussions, live coding sessions etc.

Entry requirements

  • Basic R programming skills
  • BYOL (bring your own laptop) with R and RStudio installed
  • No prior biostatistical knowledge is assumed

The course can accommodate a maximum of 25 participants. If we receive more applications, participants will be selected based on several criteria. Selection criteria include correct entry requirements, motivation to attend the course as well as gender and geographical balance.

Course fee

This online training event has no fee. However, if you accept a position at the workshop and do not participate (no-show) you will be invoiced 2000 SEK.

*Please note that NBIS cannot invoice individuals