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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MATH2715 Statistical Methods

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr R.G. Aykroyd
Email: robert@maths.leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

MATH1725 and either MATH1932 or MATH1960 or MATH1050, or equivalent.

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Statistical models are important in many applications. They contain two main elements: a set of parameters with information of scientific interest (e.g. the mean of a normal distribution, or the slope in a regression model) and an "error distribution" representing random variation. This module lays the foundations for the analysis of such models. The first part deals with suitable choices for the "error" term, in particular looking carefully at methods for analyzingcontinuous distributions. The second part focuses on the construction of appropriate statistical models and the development of methods to gain information about the unknown parameters. The main emphasis is on the use of likelihood methods. We shall use practical examples from a variety of statistical applications to illustrate the ideas.

Objectives

The aims of this module are to introduce mathematical techniqes for analyzing probability distributions and to develop the tools for statistical model building.

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) manipulate univariate and bivariate probability distributions, including moments and transformations;
b) use univariate moment generating functions to derive the classic limit theorems of probabilty;
c) understand the principles of statistical modelling, from data collection to model assessment and refinement;
d) deal with robustness problems in statistical estimation;
e) carry out elementary Bayesian statistical modelling

Syllabus

1. Moments and transformations for univariate probability densities.
2. Conditional and marginal distributions for bivariate distributions; bivariate normal distribution
3. Moment generating functions; law of large numbers; central limit theorem
4. Issues in statistical modelling: data collection; model formulation; model assessment; model diagnostics; model refinement
5. Estimation; method of moments; maximum likelihood.
6. Hypothesis testing. Type 1 and Type 2 errors; power; likelihood ratio test.
7. Robustness; median and trimmed mean; transformations to normality
8. Bayesian modelling; prior and posterior distributions.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Example Class101.0010.00
Lecture221.0022.00
Private study hours68.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Marked examples sheets

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment.20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 19/07/2010

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