Mathematics

MTH2006 - Statistical Modelling and Inference (2020)

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MODULE TITLEStatistical Modelling and Inference CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODEMTH2006 MODULE CONVENERProf David B. Stephenson (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 11 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 128
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Statistical modelling lies at the heart of modern data analysis, helping us to describe and predict the real world. Statistical inference is the way that we use data and other information to learn about and apply statistical models. In this module, you will learn the theory underpinning modern statistical methods such as fitting normal linear models, evaluating how well they fit the data and taking inferences from it. You will apply the theory using statistical software such as R to analyse and draw conclusions from a range of real-world data sets. Topics covered in the module range from estimators, confidence intervals, design of experiments and hypothesis testing to statistical modelling, regression, inference and comparison of models. Skills developed in the module are taken further in modules such as MTH3012 Advanced Statistical Modelling.


Prerequisite module: MTH1004 or equivalent.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to develop understanding and competence in statistical modelling by introducing you to the Normal linear model from a modern perspective. It will provide you with the ability to formulate and apply these models in a range of practical settings, to carry out associated inference appreciating how this relates to the general likelihood inferential framework, and to perform appropriate model selection and model checking procedures. Use will be made of a suitable statistical computer language for practical work.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of inferential procedures, including point estimation, interval estimation and hypothesis testing;

2 apply these inferential procedures to draw correct inferences from data;

3 derive properties of basic inferential procedures;

4 formulate simple and multiple regression models and analyse their properties, including polynomial regression and models which involve categorical explanatory variables (i.e. factors) and understand how the latter relate to classical analysis of variance techniques;

5 demonstrate an awareness of the range of practical situations where it is, and is not, appropriate to employ Normal linear models;

6 demonstrate understanding of the theory and practice of estimation and inference for the Normal linear model and be able to apply this to fit models and carry out model selection and checking procedures in a range of practical situations;

7 carry out data analysis using multiple regression and related models in conjunction with a suitable computer language.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

8 demonstrate understanding and appreciation of the mathematical modelling of stochastic phenomena and its usefulness;

9 demonstrate sufficient knowledge of fundamental ideas central to modern model-based statistics which are necessary to be able to progress to, and succeed in, further studies in statistical inference, statistical modelling of data and of stochastic modelling more generally.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

10 demonstrate general data analysis skills and communicate associated reasoning and interpretations effectively in writing;

11 use relevant computer software competently;

12 demonstrate appropriate use of learning resources;

13 demonstrate self management and time management skills.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
1 Introduction and revision                                      
 
 
2 Likelihood inference                                         
  • -The likelihood function
  • -Maximum likelihood estimates
  • -Numerical optimization in R
  • -Properties of estimators
  • -Properties of maximum likelihood estimators
  • -Likelihood ratio test
 
3 Normal Linear Model
  • -Model specification
  • -Parameter estimation and inference
  • -Model evaluation and selection
  • -ANOVA models
  • -Further topics: Gauss-Markov theorem, collinearity, variance stabilisation
  • -Out-of-sample predictive performance 
 
4 Design of experiments
  • -Experimental designs
  • -Interactions
  • -Quantitative explanatory variables
  • -Simultaneous inference
  • -Robust or resistant statistical methods
  • -Sample size
  • -Manipulating levels
 
 5 Additional modelling topics
  • -Missing data                                           
  • -Non-parametric modelling and tests                       
  • -Models for non-Gaussian responses
  • -Statistical communication and consultancy skills
  • -Approaches for dealing with missing data.
 
LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 70.00 Guided Independent Study 230.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 48 Lectures including examples classes and guest real-world application lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 11 Practicals in a computer lab
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 11 Tutorials
Guided independent study 230 Private study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Example sheets 5 x 10 hours 1-10 Oral feedback in weekly tutorial classes
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written exam – closed book 70 2 hours 1-10 Via SRS
Coursework 1 15 3000 words or equivalent 1-3 Written feedback on script and oral feedback in office hour
Coursework 2 15 3000 words or equivalent 4-8 Written feedback on script and oral feedback in office hour
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Written exam (100%) All August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.


If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Krzanowski W.J. An Introduction to Statistical Modelling Arnold 1998 000-0-340-69185-9 [Library]
Set Draper N.R. & Smith H. Applied Regression Analysis 3rd edition John Wiley & Sons 1998 9780471170822 [Library]
Set Faraway, J.J. Linear Models with R Chapman and Hall/CRC (Texts in Statistical Science) 2004 978-1584884255 [Library]
Extended Rice, J A Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis 3rd Brooks Cole 2007 978-0495118688 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES MTH1004
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 5 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 04 September 2020
KEY WORDS SEARCH Normal linear model; regression; statistical inference.