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Complex data consisting of dependent measurements collected at different times and locations are increasingly important in a wide range of disciplines, including environmental sciences, biomedical sciences, engineering and economics. This subject will introduce you to advanced statistical methods and probability models that have been developed to address complex data structures, such as functional data, geo-statistical data, lattice data, and point process data. A unifying theme of this subject will be the development of inference, classification and prediction methods able to cope with the dependencies that often arise in these data.
Intended learning outcomes
After completing this subject students should gain:
- An appreciation of the range and utility of advanced statistical models and a sound knowledge of their analysis using modern statistical methods.
- An appreciation of the computational methods required to fit these models and the ability to interpret the results of an analysis.
In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include
- problem-solving skills: the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies;
- analytical skills: the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis;
- time-management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments;
- computer skills: the ability to use statistical computing packages.
Last updated: 2 December 2019