HELP: Glossary of Multilevel Analysis

I find that one of the hardest parts of learning statistics, especially when it involves teaching yourself, is keeping all the terms straight. For example, is there a difference between longitudinal data and panel data? And is logistic regression the same as logit regression (the answers: essentially, no and yes)?

If you’re learning or refreshing your knowledge of multilevel analysis, here’s a useful glossary of key terms and concepts.

This resource was sent to me by a helpful faculty member.  If you find these sorts of awesome articles or tutorials, please send them my way (  I’d love to share them.


Author: Rachel Lovell

Rachel Lovell is the Senior Research Methodologist at the SSRC where she is responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and analyzing empirical research studies generated within SSRC and also by faculty researchers affiliated with SSRC. Rachel received her Ph.D. in sociology from The Ohio State University in 2007. Her more recent research interests include women, public health, and sex work.

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