MAS5052 Basic Statistics

Both semesters, 2021/22 20 Credits
Lecturer: Prof Jeremy Oakley Reading List
Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Full Syllabus

The module is a distance-learning instrument aimed at graduates who wish to undertake a postgraduate Masters course in Statistics but lack the appropriate mathematical and statistical background. It introduces the basic concepts of statistical inference and of rational decision-making under uncertainty, and it demonstrates how they may be applied in a wide range of practical circumstances. Implementation of the methodology with appropriate software forms an integral part of the unit.

There are no prerequisites for this module.
No other modules have this module as a prerequisite.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the unit students should have an understanding of: - the basic concepts of statistical inference and of rational decision-making under uncertainty - how these concepts may be applied in a wide range of practical circumstances. - appropriate software to be used in conjunction with these methodologies.

Teaching methods

Directed reading from lecture notes and the textbooks listed below; videos; discussion boards; coursework assignments.


No lectures, no tutorials

Assessment

Formal Examination, Coursework

Full syllabus

  • Exploratory data analysis using R
  • Introduction to machine learning
  • Point estimation: bias, standard error, consistency
  • Confidence intervals
  • Hypothesis tests for comparing means, proportions, and analysing contingency tables
  • Power and sample size
  • Linear models and simple linear regression
  • Likelihood methods: maximum likelihood estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests

Reading list

Type Author(s) Title Library Blackwells Amazon
A Miller, I. and Miller, M. John E. Freund's Mathematical Statistics with Applications (8th edition) Blackwells Amazon
A Moore, D. S., McCabe, G. P., and Craig B. S. Introduction to the Practice of Statistics (edition 10 or 9) Blackwells Amazon

(A = essential, B = recommended, C = background.)

Most books on reading lists should also be available from the Blackwells shop at Jessop West.