Being able to simulate data allows you to:

  • prep analysis scripts for pre-registration
  • calculate power and sensitivity for analyses that don’t have empirical methods
  • create reproducible examples when your data are too big or confidential to share
  • enhance your understanding of statistical concepts
  • create demo data for teaching and tutorials


You can install the packages used in these tutorials and get a function that makes it easy to access the workshop .Rmd files by running the following code:


Load exercises with the following code:


Alternatively, download the stub files and install the specific packages for your workshop. They will be listed below under “Prep”.

Upcoming Workshops

Data Simulation with {faux}

When: Tuesday, December 6 13:00 - 14:00 (CET)
Where: Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement

This session will cover the basics of simulation using {faux}. We will simulate data with factorial designs by specifying the within and between-subjects factor structure, each cell mean and standard deviation, and correlations between cells where appropriate. This can be used to create simulated data sets to be used in preparing the analysis code for pre-registrations or registered reports. We will also create data sets for simulation-based power analyses. Students will need to have very basic knowledge of R and R Markdown, and have installed {faux}, {afex}, {broom} and {tidyverse}.


  • Install R packages from CRAN: tidyverse, afex, faux, and broom
  • Download files: faux-stub.Rmd


Past Workshops

  • Polish Association of Social Psychology Conference, Gdánsk
    Data simulation for fixed effects
    Data simulation for mixed designs
    Practical Session
    2022 September 14 09:00 - 16:00 (CET)

  • RLadies Glasgow
    Data simulation using faux
    2022 May 24 15:00-17:00 (BST)

  • University of York Data simulation for factorial designs
    Data simulation for mixed designs
    2022 April 27 09:00-17:00 (BST)

  • From Proposal to Publication: Pathways to Open Science
    Data simulation for factorial designs
    Data simulation for mixed designs
    2022 July 13 13:30-17:00

  • University of Glasgow
    Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
    2020 Jan 28 13:00-15:00 and Feb 5 14:00-16:00

  • University of Grenoble
    Understanding Mixed-Effects Models through Data Simulation
    2021 February 5 13:00-15:00

  • PsyPAG Data Simulation Summer School
    Simulation for factorial designs with faux
    2021 June 4 13:00-15:00