Statistics
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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Papers

400 level (postgraduate)

Not all papers shown here will be available in any one year. Additional papers may be offered. Check with the Director of Studies for a confirmed list of modules that are running, their prerequisites and semester.


INFO420 Statistical Techniques for Data Science   20 points   Second Semester
This paper is compulsory for the Master of Business Data Science.
An introduction to statistical modelling and multivariate analysis that includes generalised linear models and procedures for analysing patterns in multiple quantitative measurements. The paper combines background theory with practice in applying the methods to real datasets.

QGEN401 Quantitative Genetics and Improvement   20 points   Second Semester
This paper is compulsory for the Masters of Applied Sciences (Quantitative Genetics).

Quantitative genetics is a suite of statistical methods used to understand the basis of complex genetic inheritance. It is used extensively in primary sector breeding and research, and increasingly in both medical research and conservation programmes. This paper provides an introduction in commonly used methods including their theoretical underpinnings, and practice applying the methods to real life datasets. Topics include genetic parameter estimation, prediction of breeding values, breeding programme design, and analyses of genomic data. The paper also includes an introduction into NZ-specific applications in primary, health and environmental sectors.

STAT411 Probability and Inference 3   20 points   First Semester
An overview of probability theory and statistical inference. Topics include conditional probability, random variables, distributions, point estimation, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, and likelihood methods.

STAT412 Generalised Linear Models   20 points   Second Semester
We consider the theory and use of generalized linear models beyond what is covered in Stat 341. This paper will include theory, but primarily emphasize application with a focus on parametrization, interpretation, and hypothesis testing of regression parameters in generalized linear models. R is used to illustrate applications in real data analysis.

STAT435 Data Analysis for Bioinformatics   20 points   First Semester
The analysis of large data sets is becoming increasingly important in many areas. The techniques covered in this course will be applicable to a wide range of data types, including non-biological data. Exposure to other disciplines (in this case biomedical science) is a must for any applied statistician. Interacting with students from other fields is simulating, and will help you appreciate your statistical skills.

STAT440 Longitudinal Data Analysis   20 points   Second Semester
Mixed models are a powerful class of models used for the analysis of correlated data. Examples of correlated data include, but are not limited to, clustered data, repeated observations, longitudinal data, multiple dependent variables, spatial data or data from population pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic studies. A key feature of mixed models is that, by introducing random effects in addition to fixed effects, they allow you to address multiple source of variation, e.g. in the longitudinal study they allow you to take into account both within- and between- subject variation.

STAT441 Official Statistics   20 points   Second Semester
This course provides an overview of the key areas of Official Statistics. Topics covered include data sources for both sample surveys and administrative data; Census data; the legal and ethical framework of official statistics; an introduction to demography; the collection and analysis of health, social and economic data; data visualisation including presentation of spatial data; confidentiality, data matching and integration; time series; GIS; the system of National Accounts.
The paper is particularly useful for a minor in Statistics, a Diploma for Graduates Endorsed in Statistics or as a paper for the major in Statistics.
Current details can be found at the following link. Note that lectures start on Wednesday 19 July at 4pm and will be in our Room 241. The link takes you to the equivalent paper at Victoria University as the course is being offerred at several universities using the new Zoom technology.
http://sms.victoria.ac.nz/Courses/STAT451_2017T2/CourseKeyDates

STAT442 Big Data   20 points   First Semester
This is a new paper that provides an overview of the ideas and methods that are useful when analysing the massive datasets that are becomingly increasingly common.

STAT443 Bayesian Statistics   20 points   First Semester
A course that introduces the Bayesian approach to statistical inference. A theoretical basis is developed while computational issues are addressed using Monte Carlo Markov chain methods.

STAT444 Stochastic Processes   20 points   Second Semester
An introduction to stochastic processes and stochastic calculus, emphasizing both theory and practical application.

STAT481 Statistical Practice   20 points   Full year
This is a six-week placement working as a statistician in a company or government organisation. The choice as to where the work takes place is decided between the student and the Director of Studies. The work can be carried out at any time before April of the year after enrolling for the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics.

STAT490 Honours Project   40 points   Full year
A 40-point project in an agreed topic, supervised by one or more staff.

STAT491 Honours Project   40 points   First Semester, Second Semester