Introduction to Meta-Analysis

Lecturer Jan Beyersmann
Exercises taught by Karin Schiefele

General Informations

Language English

Lectures   2h
Exercises 1h

The Exercise Sheets are on the SLC.

Prerequisites: The level of the course is that of a last year's bachelor course in Mathematical Biometry.

Exam: In order to be admitted to the exam, students must have made a meaningful attempt to solve at least 80% of all Problems.

Time and Venue 

Lectures Thursday, 12:00 - 14:00, N24-254

Exercises Thursday, 9:00 - 10:00, N24-254


13.08.2014, 11:00 - 12:30, H11
09.10.2014, 11:00 - 12:30, H14


Meta-analysis is the statistical methodology for combining quantitative evidence from studies. Meta-analysis is very prominent in medical research, where it features in almost every systematic review, but it is also attracting increasing interest in other fields such as economics. Major practical concerns which fuel methodological research to this day are the need to detect and adjust for possible biases such as publication bias, synthesis from studies which compared different combinations of interventions or studies that measured interventions on different scales or with different outcomes.



Borenstein M, Hedges LV, Higgins J, Rothstein H. Introduction to meta-analysis. Chichester, U.K.: John Wiley & Sons; 2009.

Cooper HM, Hedges LV, Valentine JC. The handbook of research synthesis and meta-analysis. New York: Russell Sage Foundation; 2009.




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