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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

An Introduction to Statistics in Antitrust Litigation

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Now on offer is what looks to be an amazingly useful class on An Introduction to Statistics in Antitrust Litigation by Professor Michael Salinger.

This course provides an introduction to the use of expert statistical presentation in antitrust litigation. It will focus on how to use statistical analysis in litigation to organize data and ultimately establish a fact or set of facts. Professor Salinger will demystify esoteric statistical concepts that are crucial to understanding statistical evidence. Professor Salinger also will address how to prepare and present expert statistical testimony more effectively in court.

In this course, you’ll learn:

    * What can (and cannot) be learned from data analysis
    * How to work with mathematical models
    * Techniques for organizing data: distribution and densities

Professor Salinger’s course has significant professional and practical content for attorneys practicing in the antitrust and competition policy arenas, both domestically and abroad. While the principles covered will be general, the course will be organized around two examples from antitrust: market definition and the effect of a conspiracy.

The course will be presented in four sessions, beginning on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 12 pm E.S.T. 
 
Course Schedule: 
 
Session 1: The Objective of Statistics – Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 12 pm E.S.T.
Topics: What can (and cannot) be learned from data analysis, Nature of mathematical modeling, Organizing data:  Distributions and Densities
Session 2: Statistics of One Variable – Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 12 pm E.S.T.
Topics: Measures of central tendency, Measures of dispersion, Precision of estimates, Hypothesis tests and statistical significance
Session 3: Statistical Relationship between Two Variables – Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 12 pm E.S.T.
Topics: Scatter plots, Simple regression, Correlation
Session 4: Statistical Relationships among More Than Two Variables – Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 12 pm E.S.T.
Topics: Multiple regression, Meaning of / Controlling for another variable

Each session will feature a dedicated Q&A period at the end of the lecture.

This series will be presented over CPI’s Global Learning Platform which delivers lectures globally in real time.

Registration:
To register, please go to our Learning Center Website at https://www.competitionpolicyinternational.com/cpi-learning.html, and click on the "Explore Courses" link.

Pricing:
The base price for the course is $129 for all four classes or $49 for each individual class. If you are requesting CLE credit, the price for the course is $429, or $124 for each class.

We will provide 20% discounts for five or more members of the same institution who register. We are also offering free access to members of competition authorities. To register under these circumstances, please contact us directly at LearningCenter@competitionpolicyinternational.com.

Technology:
We are using an Adobe learning platform. The only technology you will need for access is an Adobe Flash player (which most computers already have downloaded; if not the player is accessible, free, at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/).

In order to ensure comprehensive global audio access, we have chosen Global Connect, which uses a phone line. Once you log on to the Adobe platform, you will be prompted in a pop up window to enter your phone number. The bridge will then call you - once you answer you'll be joined to the bridge. We do have a back up process which will allow you to dial in directly from your phone using a toll-free number.

Expertise Level:
This is a basic class that doesn't require any substantive knowledge of statistics or economics.

Duration:
Each Class will have a 5 minute introduction, a 45-50 minute lecture period and 10 to 15 minute Question and Answer session.

Subsequent availability:
We will be posting this class on our website after presentation. Access will be provided at no cost for a limited period to those who attended the class. For those who cannot attend the live course, access will be provided for the same price as the live course. Purchase information will be available after the end of the course.

CLE Credit:
Applications for CLE credit for the real time course are in process for several states, including New York, California, Texas, Illinois, and Virginia. The seminar has been designed for one hour of CLE credit/class (four hours of credit for the entire course). CLE requirements are different for classes that are not viewed in real time and may not be available in your state. For further information or for additional questions regarding earning CLE credit, please contact our Director of CLE at Learning Center@competitionpolicyinternational.com.

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