Academic Year 2012-13 Module Code ST2005 Module Title Applied

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2012-13
ST2005
Applied Probability II
ST1002, ST2004
5
Prof. Simon Wilson
Prof. Simon Wilson
3 lectures per week including some tutorials and software
labs
This module will develop several important ideas in statistical
analysis making use of some of the ideas introduced in
ST2004. It acts as a bridge to the sophister years by
introducing the fundamental ideas that are used in the more
advanced statistics modules that will take place then.
At the end of this module, students should be able to:

Derive confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for means and
variances;
 Derive prediction intervals for simple statistical models and explain
how they differ from confidence intervals;
 Define a maximum likelihood estimate and how to compute such an
estimate in Excel Solver;
 Implement a bootstrap to construct confidence intervals;
 Construct a q-q plot and use simple transformations of data that can
make it more normally distributed;
 Construct a probability plot for any given distribution where its
distribution function is known;
 Calculate the properties of multivariate distributions;
 Derive marginal and conditional probabilities of the bivariate normal
distribution;
 (If time permits) Question the nature of statistical claims made in the
media by thinking about the critical components that led to the
claim.
 Recap: derivation of the confidence interval and tests of
hypothesis for normal data; the difference between a confidence
interval and a prediction interval;
 The Central Limit Theorem and what it says about confidence
intervals and tests of hypothesis;
 The bootstrap approach to confidence intervals and tests of
hypothesis;
 Introduction to maximum likelihood estimation and computation
through Excel;
 The q-q plot and transforming data to make it more Gaussian;
 Introduction to multivariate distributions;
 (If time permits) Statistical reasoning: bias in statistical studies
(selection bias, Rubin’s propensity). the components of a
statistical analysis.
ST2005: 20% continuous assessment in the form of one individual
project and lab worksheets, 80% written examination - Joint
examination with ST2004 through a 3 hour exam in Trinity term.
Software labs and a project will count for 20% of the mark for this
module, and 10% of the total mark with the joint ST2004/ST2005
assessment.
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