STATS 7008 - Statistics Topic D

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

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  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code STATS 7008
    Course Statistics Topic D
    Coordinating Unit Statistics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Inge Koch

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    In 2014, the topic of this course will be Analysis of Multivariate and High-Dimensional data.

      This course will introduce students to the analysis of multivariate and high-dimensional data.   Multivariate analysis of data is performed in order to (1) understand the structure in data and summarise the data in simpler ways; (2) understand the relationship of one part of the data to another part; and (3) make decisions or draw inferences based on data. We consider a number of classical and more recent methods for analysing data and start with the three basic methods Principal Component Analysis, Canonical Correlation Analysis, and Discriminant Analysis (Classification), which provide answers to the three criteria above while reducing the dimension and complexity of the data.   In the second part we learn about Cluster Analysis with a range of methods which divide the data into meaningful groups, and Factor Analysis which is related to Pricipal Component Analysis but focusses more on decompositions of the covariance matrix and often assumes that the data are normal.  The final part includes introductions to the recent the methods Independent Component Analysis, and Projection Pursuit which both pursue similar goals as Factor Analysis but without assuming that the data are normal.  Each topic will combine theory with its application to real data, using the software Matlab for the data analysis.  Pre-requisites.  Students are assumed to have attained at least a credit in Mathematical Statistics III (STATS 3006) and Statistical Modelling III (STATS 3001), or have equivalent knowledge. In addition, students are assumed to be familiar with matrix algebra (positive definite matrices, eigenvectors, eigenvalues, singular value decomposition).

    Course Learning Objectives

    Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate understanding of advanced principles of the analysis of multivariate data.
    2. Demonstrate skills in modern statistical dimension reduction methods using Matlab.
    3. Demonstrate understanding of the interplay between clustering and the decision making in classification.
    4. Understand the theoretical underpinnings of the multivariate methods of data analysis.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,5,6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,3,4,5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2,5,6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,3,5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2,3,4,5,6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3,5,6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    I. Koch: Analysis of Multivariate and High-Dimensional Data, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
    Recommended Resources
    R. A. Johnson and D. W. Wichern (2007): Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis.
    K. V. Mardia, J. T. Kent and J. M. Bibby (1992): Multivariate Analysis.
    For additional material on statistical learning, see  T. Hastie, R. Tibshirani and J. Friedman (2009): The Elements of Statistical Learning.
    Online Learning
    Assignments and other materials will be made available electronically to students.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered through 30 presented lectures over the semester. There will be six written assignments and a test in Week 9 to provide students with the opportunity to gauge their progress.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Quantity Workload hours
    Lectures 30 90
    Assignments 6 40
    Presentation 1 10
    Test 1 16
    Total 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Outline

    Principal Component Analysis (lectures 1-6)
    Canonical Correlation Analysis (lectures 7-11)
    Discriminant Analysis (lectures 12-16)
    Cluster Analysis (lectures 17-21)
    Factor Analysis (lectures 22-25)
    Independent Component Analysis (lectures 26-30)
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Activity Weighting Objectives assessed
    Assignments 20% all
    Presentation 10% all
    Test 0% or 20% all
    Examination 50% or 70% all

    If a student's exam mark is higher than the test mark, then the test will not factor into the course mark and the weighting of the exam will be 70%.  If the exam mark is lower than the test mark, then the weighting of the test will be 20% and the exam 50%.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    A final aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment item Distributed Due Weighting
    Assignment 1 Week 1 Week 3 4%
    Assignment 2 Week 3 Week 5 4%
    Assignment 3 Week 5 Week 7 4%
    Assignment 4 Week 7 Week 9 4%
    Assignment 5 Week 9 Week 11 4%
    Assignment 6 Week 11 Week 13 4%
    Individual presentation 10%
    Test Week 9 20%
    Exam Exam period 70%

    The best 5 assignments only count adding up to a total of 20%.
    The individual project will be done throughout the course.
    The mark resulting from the test and exam will be 70% and will be the maximum of (exam only, 50% exam + 20% test).

    1. All written assignments are to be submitted electronically to the lecturer or to the designated hand-in boxes in the School of Mathematical Sciences, with a signed cover sheet attached.
    2. Late assignments will not be accepted unless with by prior agreement with the lecturer. Please discuss delays owing to medical or compassionate reasons with the lecturer.
    3. Marked assignments will usually be returned to students within two weeks of submission.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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