Generalized Linear Models

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In this module we study how to analyse data that are not normally distributed. We look at fractions (logistic regression), counts (Poisson regression, log-linear models), ordinal data (threshold models), and overdispersion. We discuss (quasi-) maximum likelihood estimation and the deviance. In computer practicals participants can familiarize themselves with models and methods. The main statistical software used in this course is R.

On day 3 we look into GLMM’s (Generalized Linear Mixed Models). By introduction of random effects into the ordinary GLM, the assumption of independent observations is relaxed. Some knowledge of Mixed Models is required, e.g. as presented in the PhD course Mixed Models. We will mainly use R package glmmTMB to fit the GLMM’s.

  • Day 1: Logistic regression
  • Day 2, morning: Poisson regression
  • Day 2, afternoon: Miscellaneous topics related to GLMs
  • Day 3: Generalized Linear Mixed models
General information
Target Group The course is aimed at PhD candidates and other academics
Group Size 24 participants
Course duration 2 or 3 days
Language of instruction English
Frequency of recurrence Once a year (Summer)
Number of credits 0.9 ECTS
Lecturers Dr. Gerrit Gort (Biometris, Wageningen University)
Prior knowledge Knowledge of Basic Statistics and Linear Models and some experience with the software package R are assumed
Location Wageningen University Campus, Forum Building, Room B0771
Options for accommodation Accommodation is not included in the fee of the course, but there are several possibilities in Wageningen. For non-WUR PE&RC members 50% of the accommodation costs can be reimbursed with a maximum of € 30,- per night, please contact the PE&RC Office ( for more information.
For information on B&B's and hotels in Wageningen please visit Another option is Short Stay Wageningen. Furthermore Airbnb offers several rooms in the area. Finally, there are a number of groups on Facebook where students announce subrent possibilities and things like that. Examples include: Wageningen Room Subrent, Wageningen Room Sublets, Room Rent Wageningen, and Wageningen Student Plaza. Note that besides the restaurants in Wageningen, there are also options to have dinner on Wageningen Campus.


Fees 1
PE&RC / WIMEK / VLAG / WIAS / WASS / EPS PhD candidates with an approved TSP € 155,- € 205,-
PE&RC postdocs and staff € 310,- € 360,-
All other academic participants € 350,- € 400,-
Non-academic participants € 505,- € 555,-

1 The course fee includes a reader, coffee/tea, and lunches. It does not include accommodation (NB: options for accommodation are given above)
2 The Early-Bird Fee generally applies to anyone who REGISTERS AT LEAST 8 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE COURSE

More information

Claudius van de Vijver (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485116


At this moment, this course is not scheduled yet. However, if you register your interest in this activity below, we will inform you as soon as the course is scheduled and registration of participation is opened.