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An Introduction to Longitudinal Surveys, Birth Cohort Studies & Big Data

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George Ploubidis, PhD, Professor of Population, Health, and Statistics at the Department of Social Science, and Director of Research and Chief Statistician at the Center for Longitudinal Studies at University College, London, discusses longitudinal surveys, birth cohort studies, and big data including the kind of measures captured in longitudinal studies, whether birth-cohort studies are "big data", challenges working with large-scale longitudinal studies, an example of a birth-cohort study, how the data are analyzed, software or tools to manage the data, types of research questions that can be answered with these studies, and advice for someone interested in research using longitudinal and birth-cohort data.

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