STATS 7107 - Statistical Modelling and Inference
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code STATS 7107 Course Statistical Modelling and Inference Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MATHS 7027 Assumed Knowledge Experience with the statistical package R such as would be obtained from MATHS 7107 Course Description Course Content: Statistical methods underpin disciplines which draw inference from data and this includes just about everything: for example, the sciences, humanities, technology, education, engineering, government, industry and medicine. Analysis of the complex problems arising in practice requires an understanding of fundamental statistical principles together with knowledge of how to use suitable modelling techniques. Computing using high-level software is also an essential element of modern statistical practice. This course provides you with these skills by giving an introduction to the principles of statistical inference and linear statistical models using the freely available statistical package R.
Topics covered are: point estimates, unbiasedness, mean-squared error, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, power calculations, derivation of one and two-sample procedures: simple linear regression, regression diagnostics, and prediction: linear models, analysis of variance (ANOVA), multiple linear regression, factorial experiments, analysis of covariance models including parallel and separate regressions, and model building; maximum likelihood methods for estimation and testing, and goodness-of-fit tests.
Course Coordinator: Professor Dino Sejdinovic
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
1 Explore the statistical theory of modelling and analysis. 2 Derive the key results needed for statistical modelling and inference. 3 Identify statistical techniques for parameter estimation. 4 Analyse data using the theory of statistical modelling and inference to solve real-world problems. 5 Discuss the principles and results of statistical modelling and analysis using clear language and appropriate terminology.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1, 2, 3, 4
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
1, 2, 3, 5
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
- J.A. Rice: Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis, 3rd edition (2007).
- D.D. Wackerly, W. Mendelhall and R.L. Scheaffer: Mathematical Statistics with Applications, 7th edition (2008).
- R.J. Larsen, M.L. Marx: An Introduction to Mathematical Statistics and its Applications, 5th edition (2012).
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignments, tutorial, and computer exercises. It is recommended that students make appropriate use of these resources.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe lecturer guides the students through the course material in 35 lectures. Students are expected to prepare for lectures by reading the printed notes in advance of the lecture, and to engage with the material in the lectures. Interaction with the lecturer and discussion of any difficulties that arise during the lecture is encouraged. Students are expected to watch the lecture videos and study the lecture notes. In the fortnightly tutorials, students are encouraged to discuss their solutions with each other. These exercises will be further supplemented by the fortnightly computing practical sessions during which students will work under guidance on practical data analysis and develop computing skills using R. Homework assignments build on the tutorial and practical materials and help students strengthen their understanding of the theory and practical work, and gives them the opportunity to gauge their progress and understanding of the course material.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload hours Lectures 35 90 Assignments 4 30 Quizzes 10 16 Tests 2 3 Tutorials 5 5 Practicals 6 12 TOTALS 156
Learning Activities SummaryLecture Outline
1. Introduction to statistical inference: notation, mean squared error (Week 1)
2. Best Linear Unbiased Estimation (BLUE) (Week 1)
3. Confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses and power calculations (Week 2)
4. Inference for a single sample, unknown variance; pivotal quantities (Week 3)
5. Inference for two independent samples (Week 4)
6. Regression modelling and least squares estimation (Week 5)
7. Prediction for regression and residuals (Week 6)
8. Multiple linear regression and least squares estimation (Week 7)
9. BLUE and tests of hypotheses (Week 8)
10. Applications to prediction, polynomial regression and one-way analysis of variance (Week 8)
11. Analysis of covariance and two-way analysis of variance (Week 9)
12. Maximum likelihood (ML) estimation (Week 10)
13. Inference for ML estimators and tests based on the likelihood (Week 10)
14. Practical issues: randomization, imputation, multiple testing, non-parameteric tests (Week 11)
1. MSE, BLUE, expectation and MGFs
2. Chi-squared distribution, inference for two independent samples
3. Regression and properties of estimators, Multiple regression
4. Parallel regression, ANOVA, ANCOVA, and other applications
5. Maximum likelihood estimation and hypothesis tests
1. Introduction to R, reading data into R.
2. Summary statistics and cleaning data.
3. Using ggplot to visualise data.
4. Modelling data part 1.
5. Modelling data part 2.
6. Using Rmarkdown to write statistical reports.
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Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate final score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
Assessment Item Distributed Due Date Weighting Assignment 1 Week 2 Week 3 5% Assignment 2 Week 4 Week 5 5% Assignment 3 Week 6 Week 7 5% Assignment 4 Week 10 Week 11 5%
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Late assignments will not be accepted unless with permission by the lecturer.
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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
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