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 outcomesBy 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.
Directed reading from lecture notes and the textbooks listed below; videos; discussion boards; coursework assignments.
No lectures, no tutorials
Formal Examination, Coursework
- 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
|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.