STATS 4008 - Statistics Topic D - Honours
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code STATS 4008 Course Statistics Topic D - Honours Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description Please contact the School of Mathematical Sciences for further details, or view course information on the School of Mathematical Sciences web site at http://www.maths.adelaide.edu.au
Course Coordinator: Professor Matthew Roughan
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesIn 2017 the topic of this course will be Complex network modelling and inference.
Note: the timetabling for this course will be the same as the timetabling for Applied Topic F.
This course will study graphs and networks, and their generalisations as applied to modelling of complex systems of interacting components or actors. We'll go somewhat beyond standard graph theory in that we will consider how quantities associated with links affect real network problems. In particular, we will consider how to statistically infer properties of networks from realistically obtainable metrics when the networks are large, and we cannot query the network directly, but must use indirect measurement strategies. Applications range from management of computer networks to analysis of social phenomenon, such as memes that "go viral".
1. Modelling: model a problem
- Take a problem stated in words, and convert it into mathematical form
- Consider assumptions and approximations
- Deal with incomplete information/ideas by asking questions, and investigation
2. Analysis: analyse the problem using diverse tools
- Analysis (mathematical solution of problems)
- Statistics (incorporating data)
3. Critically examine results:
- Sanity checking
- Close the loop between modelling->analysis->output
- Sensitivity analysis
4. Communicate results
- Mathematical exposition skills
Pre-requisites and assumed knowledge:
Mathematics up to second year level will be required, including
- Probability and Statistics II,
- Scientific Computing or equivalent.
In particular, this project will require some programming (Matlab or another language is acceptable).
Some knowledge of graph theory would be useful.
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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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
all Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
all Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
all Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
all Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
all Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesAll required materials will be provided.
Recommended Resources"Networks: An Introduction", M.E.J. Newman, Oxford Uni Press, 2010.
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni for providing electronic resources, such as assignments and handouts, and for making course announcements. It is recommended that students make appropriate use of these resources. Link to MyUni login page: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Written assignments supplement the lectures by providing example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures and provides assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload hours Lectures 24 60 Practicals/Tute 12 30 Assignments 6 66 Total 156
Learning Activities SummaryLecture Outline
- graph theory basics
- graph metrics
- random graph models
- algorithms on graphs
- Advanced Topics
- graph generalisations: hyper-graphs and meta-graphs
- graph algebras
- sampling from networks
- inference on graphs: network tomography
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Assessment task Task type When due Weighting Learning outcomes Examination Summative Examination period 50% All Assignments Formative and summative Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 50% All
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
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M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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