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Conference on Mister P online tomorrow and Saturday, 3-4 Apr 2020

We have a conference on multilevel regression and poststratification (MRP) this Friday and Saturday, organized by Lauren Kennedy, Yajuan Si, and me. The conference was originally scheduled to be at Columbia but now it is online. Here is the information.

If you want to join the conference, you must register for it ahead of time; just click on the link.

Here are the scheduled talks for tomorrow (Fri):

Elizabeth Tipton RCT Designs for Causal Generalization

Benjamin Skinner Why did you go? Using multilevel regression with poststratification to understand why community colleges students exit early

Jon Zelner From person-to-person transmission events to population-level risks: MRP as a tool for maximizing the public health benefit of infectious disease data

Katherine Li Multilevel Regression and Poststratification with Unknown Population Distributions of Poststratifiers

Qixuan Chen Use of administrative records to improve survey inference: a response propensity prediction approach

Lauren Kennedy and Andrew Gelman 10 things to love and hate about MRP

And here’s the schedule for Saturday:

Shiro Kuriwaki and Soichiro Yamauchi

Roberto Cerina Election projections using available data, machine learning, and poststratification

Douglas Rivers Modeling elections with multiple candidates

Yajuan Si Statistical Data Integration and Inference with Multilevel Regression and Poststratification

Yutao Liu Model-based prediction using auxiliary information

Samantha Sekar

Chris Hanretty Hierarchical related regression for individual and aggregate electoral data

Lucas Leemann Improved Multilevel Regression with Post-Stratification Through Machine Learning (autoMrP)

Leontine Alkema Got data? Quantifying the contribution of population-period-specific information to model-based estimates in demography and global health

Jonathan Gellar Are SMS (text message) surveys a viable form of data collection in Africa and Asia?

Charles Margossian Laplace approximation for speeding computation of multilevel models


  1. Lauren says:

    I’ll be closing the registration at Thursday 7pm EDT so we can get the meeting details to everyone before the conference starts tomorrow. There’s also been a few last minute changes to the schedule. :)

  2. Phil says:

    I think that second set of talks is on Saturday, yes? Post says Friday.

  3. Yue says:

    Thank you for the conference! I’m in China now, so, I can at best attend the morning panels. But every presentation looks interesting! Given it’ll be on Zoom. Is there a possibility to record some of the afternoon speeches if not the entire conference? Thank you,

    • Lauren says:

      I thought it would be best not too so people feel comfortable using video etc. Totally hear you on the time zone though! I’m organizing from Australia so it’s going to be a night shift for me!

  4. Sergio says:

    Hi, I missed the deadline to register, is there any chance of late registration?

  5. Diana Hall says:

    Any chance I could still register? I would love to listen in San Fransisco. I will email as well.

  6. Dieter Menne says:

    Great… this is announced on the blog when registration (Europe time zone) is closed. The argument that you need to send information to the participants in time sounds like to snail-mail type regression.

    Looks like you will need some more years to find out how this works.

    • Lauren says:

      Hi Dieter,

      Could you please send me an email? My email is on the conference website. :)

      Apologies for not giving you more notice.

    • Dan Simpson says:

      A thing that is true during a pandemic that caused a massive reorganization of a conference that is also true not during a pandemic: no one owes you their time or their free labour so don’t be rude about it.

      • Jesse W says:

        +a million

        Thank you, Dan, for speaking up about this! Lots of people are doing their best to be flexible, patient, and accommodating given the uncertainty in everyday life–hopefully we can all keep more of that patience and kindness going forward.

        Thanks to the organizers for doing all this, looks like a very interesting set of talks!

    • Andrew says:


      We announced the conference on the blog in February. Yesterday’s post was just a reminder for people who might have forgotten.

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