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MATH3714 Linear Regression and Robustness

15 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Jochen Voss

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

MATH2735 or MATH2715.

This module is mutually exclusive with

MATH5714MLine Regr, Robust & Smoothing

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In many areas of science and social study, several variables or measurements are taken from each member of a sample. This module will examine ways of predicting one particular variable from the remaining measurements using the linear regression model. The general theory of linear regression models will be covered, including variable selection, tests and diagnostics. Robust methods will be introduced to deal with the presence of outliers.


By the end of this module, students should be able to:
a) prove basic linear model theory using matrix algebra;
b) use a computer package to fit multiple linear regression models to data, and interpret the models;
c) apply methods of robust regression;
d) present a report on some data that the student has analyzed.


1. Notation.
2. Matrix Algebra. Revision of appropriate matrix theory; discussion of Cochran's theorem.
3. Multiple linear regression model. Parameter and residual estimation, introduction to the hat matrix, standard assumptions. Decomposition of sums of squares. Tests.
4. Influence. Criteria for detection and evaluation of influential cases of observations.
5. Selection of variables (forward and backward).
6. Multicollinearity - its effect on models and identification. Variance inflation factors.
7. Resistant fitting techniques for data sets with outliers. Breakdown point.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours115.00
Total Contact hours35.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular problem solving assignments

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentCoursework20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

There is no resit available for the coursework component of this module. If the module is failed, the coursework mark will be carried forward and added to the resit exam mark with the same weighting as listed above.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 30 mins80.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:54:42


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