mgcv is one of the most popular packages for modelling non-linear relationships. However, many users do not know how versatile and powerful a tool it can be. This workshop will focus on teaching participants how to use mgcv in a wide variety of situations (including spatio-temporal, zero-inflated, heavy-tailed, time series, and survival data) and advanced use of mgcv (fitting smooth interactions, seasonal effects, spatial effects, Markov random fields and varying-coefficient models).
The workshop will give paricipants an understanding of: (a) practical elements of smoothing theory in GAMs, with a focus on why they would choose to use different types of smoothers (b) model checking and selection (c) the range of modelling possibilities using mgcv. It will include both lecture and hands-on exercises. Participants should be familiar with R (loading/manipulating data, functions, and plotting) and regression in R (lm() and glm()). The organizers have extensive practical and teaching experience with ecological statistics and modelling using mgcv.