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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MATH2735 Statistical Modelling

10 creditsClass Size: 175

Module manager: Dr S. Barber
Email: stuart@maths.leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisites

MATH1725Introduction to Statistics

Module replaces

MATH2730

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Statistical modelling is concerned with building a model which attempts to explain how measurements are related in the presence of random variation. In this course, we are interested in modelling the average value of a response variable given the values of one or more explanatory variables. In this module, we consider linear models which are subject to normally distributed variation. We look at various different ways of estimating model parameters, see how to check that the models we fit are adequate, and discuss how to interpret the models. Throughout this module, many practical examples are solved and illustrated using the R statistical computing package.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

a) use the normal distribution to construct other probability distributions;
b) use alternative methods to estimate parameters in a statistical model and derive distributions of the estimators in simple cases;
c) construct a variety of linear models and select the appropriate model to analyse given data sets;
d) be able to conduct and interpret analyses of real data using linear models;
e) assess whether linear modelling assumptions are met;
f) use sub-hypotheses to determine which treatment groups differ;
g) use a statistical package to carry out data analysis.

Syllabus

1. Random variables - density functions, expectation, variance, covariance; the normal distribution and its relation to chi-squared, and F distributions.
2. Simple linear regression - matrix formulation; parameter estimation by least squares, maximum likelihood, method of moments; hypothesis tests; confidence and prediction intervals.
3. One- and two- way fixed effects ANOVA; parameter estimation by least squares, maximum likelihood, and the method of moments; use of residuals in diagnostic plots.
4. One-way random effects model.
5. Post-hoc testing - orthogonal contrasts; multiple comparisons.

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 Class51.005.00
Lecture221.0022.00
Practical51.005.00
Private study hours68.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

5 exercise sheets, 2 hours per sheet - 10 hours
Exam revision - 26 hours
Consolidating lecture material - 22 hours
Wider reading - 10 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular exercise 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: 31/03/2009

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