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STAT443 Topic in Advanced Statistics

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Bayesian methods provide an approach to statistics that a rapidly-growing number of scientists are starting to use. The key difference between Bayesian and classical statistics is that Bayesian inference makes direct use of probability to represent all uncertainty. In this paper we examine the underpinnings of Bayesian inference and familiarise students with computer-based methods used in the Bayesian approach to statistics.

Paper title Topic in Advanced Statistics
Paper code STAT443
Subject Statistics
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,154.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,801.79

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Postgraduate students in Statistics

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Teaching staff
Dr Matthew Schofield and Dr Peter Dillingham
Paper Structure
Main topics:
  • Subjective probability, belief and exchangeability
  • Random variables
  • Exponential family of distributions and conjugacy
  • Monte Carlo approximation
  • Inference under the normal model
  • Gibbs sampling
  • Hierarchical modelling
  • Bayesian regression
  • Metropolis-Hastings sampling
  • Linear mixed effects models
  • Latent variable methods
  • Model checking
Teaching Arrangements
Three contact hours per week.
Suggested texts:
  • Gelman, A., Carlin, J., Stern, H., and Rubin, D.B. (2003) Bayesian Data Analysis, Second Edition
  • Robert, C. P. (2007) The Bayesian Choice. Second edition
  • Gelman, A. and Hill, J. (2006) Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models
  • Albert, J. (2009) Bayesian Computation with R
  • Link, W. A. and Barker, R. J. (2010) Bayesian Inference with Ecological Applications
Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts of Bayesian inference.

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Not offered in 2021

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