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MATH6112 Computer-based statistical modelling

Module Overview

The aim of the course is to provide a modern view of computer-based data analysis, from the statistical point of view. The course is intended for students with a solid basic background in probability, statistical methods, and computing, and who aim to build on this background. Topics are covered at a brisk pace; to make the best of this course, students can expect to put in significant self-study. - MATH1024 and MATH2010 or equivalent maturity with Probability and Statistics - Basic familiarity with programming in matlab or R or equivalent.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The overarching aim of the course is to provide the student with modern view of computer-based data analysis, from the statistical point of view. The course gives a unified and comprehensive approach to the subject.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • - Produce a technical report that describes problem formulation and solution
  • Construct models and predictions that can be expected to have good statistical properties, based on exploring alternative models and using cross-validation.
  • - Formulate statistical models and estimate their parameters. Interpret the estimated model.


- Revision of probability essentials - Introduce maximum-likelihood estimation and develop it for selected parametric models such as independent sampling and regression, including generalized linear models. Develop confidence intervals and hypothesis tests via the asymptotic normality result - Introduce optimal statistical decisions. Define a loss function and develop optimal binary classification as the main example. - Selected topics in model selection. In-sample and out-of-sample error. Cross-validation for model selection.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A range of teaching and learning methods is used, centered on lectures, computer laboratories, and private study.

Independent Study59
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

Hastie, T and R. Tibshirani and J. Friedman (2009). The elements of statistical learning. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: MATH1024 and MATH2010

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