This free online short course aims to introduce participants to time diary data analysis, a multidisciplinary field which has made a sustained contribution to social science over the last 50 years. It is targeted at academics, doctoral students, post-doctoral as well as public and private sector researchers interested in studying how people spend their time. The course will consist of a mixture of presentations and hands-on practical sessions using R. Exercises will rely on data from the Multinational Time Use Study. Participants willing to discuss their research ideas will be offered the space to do so.
This course is organised by the UK Data Service with the support of the Centre for Time Use Research (University College London).
The course requires basic to intermediate knowledge of statistics and a basic experience of statistical programming. Familiarity with R is desirable but not essential.
- historical outline of time-diaries and time use research
- nomenclatures of activities, survey designs & time diary dataset structure
- deriving duration of and participation in activities from datasets in long and wide formats
- multivariate analysis of aggregate time diary data
- weekly work schedules and working time
- weighting and accounting for clustering of time diary data
The course will consist of two afternoons which can be taken either as a whole or separately. Participants are nonetheless encouraged to attend both days. Each afternoon will consist of 2-3 online sessions, with presentations followed by computer demonstration and Q&A. Participants are invited to follow and replicate on their computer the code demonstrated during the session.
Tuesday 10 October 2023: Introduction to time diary data analysis
14.00 Origins and milestones of time diary analysis; structure and design of time diary surveys
14.45 Questions and answers
15.00 Structure and design of time diary surveys (continued); estimating duration and participation: day- and person-level aggregate statistics
16.00 Estimating duration and participation (continued); tempograms
16.30 Q&A; discussion of participant's research ideas and interests
Tuesday 17 October 2023: Working with time diary data
14.00 Multivariate analysis of time-diary data: modelling duration and participation
15.00 Special topics: work schedule; weighting; robust estimates
16.00 Estimating duration and participation (continued); Q&A; discussion of participants research ideas and interests
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- identify significant milestones and contributions to time diary research
- identify the main characteristics of time diaries, time diary surveys, and datasets
- derive estimates from time diary data and use them in their own analysis
- Participants will receive written slides and syntax files electronically after the course.
Participants are advised to use a laptop with the latest version of the R and RStudio software and the dplyr and ggplot2 packages installed.