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This subject provides the foundation for regression modelling. Topics covered include: the method of least squares; regression models and related statistical inference; flexible nonparametric regression; analysis of covariance to adjust for confounding; multiple regression with matrix algebra; model construction and interpretation (use of indicator variables, parameterisation, interaction and transformations); model checking and diagnostics; regression to the mean; handling of baseline values; the analysis of variance; variance components and random effects.
Intended learning outcomes
To enable students to apply methods based on linear models to biostatistical data analysis, with proper attention to underlying assumptions and a major emphasis on the practical interpretation and communication of results.
- Independent problem solving,
- Facility with abstract reasoning,
- Clarity of written expression,
- Sound communication of technical concepts
Last updated: 6 December 2019