Statistical Inference

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Statistical Inference

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Mathematics, Statistics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MATH 243, MATH 277

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course covers distribution theory; estimation including minimum variance unbiased estimators and sufficiency; statistical inference and hypothesis testing. The topics of estimation and hypothesis testing met in MATH 277 will be looked at in greater depth. Optimal estimation procedures and tests will be developed.

    Course content
    In-depth cover of classical statistical inference procedures in estimation and hypothesis testing. Topics include: limit theorems; theory of parametric estimation; sufficiency and efficiency; uniformly most powerful tests and likelihood ratio tests; nonparametric and robust methods. Notions of linear regression, decision theory and Bayesian inference. 

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • Understand and be able to apply the fundamental ideas of mathematical statistics
    • Be able to use sample data to find the “best” estimator of a population parameter in a particular situation
    • Test the validity of claims about population parameters (e.g. using a pivotal function of relevant sample statistics)

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