MA321-7-SP-CO:
Applied Statistics

The details
2019/20
Mathematical Sciences
Colchester Campus
Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
15
01 October 2019

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

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Key module for

MSC G30412 Data Science,
MSC G30424 Data Science,
MSC G304PP Data Science with Professional Placement,
DIP G30009 Statistics,
MSC G30012 Statistics

Module description

This module covers four application areas of statistics: multivariate methods, support vector machines, demography and epidemiology, and sampling (PG module 5 of the syllabus of the Royal Statistical Society).

Module aims

Syllabus:

Multivariate methods
Vectors of expected values. Covariance and correlation matrices. Discriminant analysis, choice between two populations, calculation of discriminant function, and probability of misclassification, test and training samples, leave-one-out and k-fold cross-validation, idea of extension to several populations. Principal components; definition, interpretation of calculated components, use in regression. Cluster analysis, similarity measures, single-link and other hierarchical methods, k-means. Informal approaches to checking for multivariate Normality. Tests and confidence regions for multivariate means.

Support vector machines
Maximal margin classifiers. Hyperplanes. Classification using a separating hyperplane. Non-separable case. Support vector classifiers. Support vector machines; classification with non-linear decision boundaries. The support vector machine. Support vector machines with more than two classes; one-versus-one and one-versus-all classification. Relationship to logistic regression.

Demography and epidemiology
Population pyramids. Life tables. Standardised rates (e.g. mortality). Incidence and prevalence. Design and analysis of cohort (prospective) studies. Design and analysis of case-control (retrospective) studies. Confounding and interaction. Matched case control design and analyses, using McNemar's test. Causation. Relative risk. Odds ratio. Estimation and confidence intervals for 2x2 tables. Mantel-Haenszel procedure. Sensitivity, specificity, ROC curves, positive predictive value, negative predictive value.

Sampling
Census and sample survey design. Target and study populations, uses and limitations of non-probability sampling methods, sampling frames, sampling fraction. Simple random sampling. Estimators of totals, means and proportions; bias. Estimated standard errors, confidence intervals and precision. Sampling fraction and finite population correction. Ratio and regression estimators. Stratified random sampling. Estimators of totals, means and proportions; bias. Estimated standard errors, confidence intervals and precision. Cost functions. Proportional and optimal allocations. Limitations of stratified sampling. One-stage cluster sampling. Estimators for totals, means and proportions with equal cluster sizes and with different cluster sizes. Estimated standard errors, confidence intervals and precision. Link with systematic sampling. Description of two-stage sampling and of multi-stage sampling. Limitations.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the course students should be able to:
- Understand and to apply multivariate methods;
- Assess the results of discriminant analysis, principal components, cluster analysis and multivariate analysis of variance;
- Understand and to apply demographical and epidemiological methods;
- Understand and to use the notion of support vector machines, with applications to classification;
- Understand and to apply sampling methods.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module has 38 contact hours in total. These consist of 25 lectures, 5 labs and 5 classes during the spring term, together with 3 revision lectures in the summer term. A project is undertaken in groups. Coursework consists of problem sheets, a project report and presentation.

Bibliography

  • James, Gareth; Witten, Daniela; Hastie, Trevor; Tibshirani, Robert. (2013) An introduction to statistical learning: with applications in R, New York: Springer. vol. Springer texts in statistics

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Initial Task 14/02/2020 25%
Coursework Group Presentation and Group Project 20/03/2020 75%
Exam 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
20% 80%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Professor Berthold Lausen (blausen@essex.ac.uk), Dr Fanlin Meng (fanlin.meng@essex.ac.uk), Dr Stella Hadjianto (sh19670@essex.ac.uk)
Professor Berthold Lausen (blausen@essex.ac.uk)

 

Availability
Yes
No
No

External examiner

Prof Fionn Murtagh
Professor of Data Science
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 38 hours, 33 (86.8%) hours available to students:
5 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Mathematical Sciences

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