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Unit information: Generalised Linear Models in 2016/17

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Unit name Generalised Linear Models
Unit code MATH35200
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1B (weeks 7 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Cho
Open unit status Not open

MATH 20800 Statistics 2, MATH 35110 Linear Models



School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science


Unit aims

To study both theoretical and practical aspects of statistical modeling, to develop the expertise in selecting and evaluating the model and interpreting the results.

General Description of the Unit

The course is focused on multivariate regression methods with univariate independent outcomes that can take on continuous or categorical values.

The topics discussed include: Model selection, parameter estimation, diagnostics, results interpretation. An introduction to regression models for lifetime data.

Relation to Other Units

This unit builds on the basic ideas of linear models introduced in Statistics 1 (MATH 11400) and Linear Models (MATH 35110), and extends them to deal with more general specifications.

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Intended learning outcomes

Learning Objectives

By the end of the unit, the student should have a good working understanding of

  • principles of statistical modelling: response and explanatory variables, systematic and random variation, independence and conditional independence;
  • methods of inference: maximum likelihood;
  • computational issues;
  • methodology of generalized linear models and survival analysis;
  • basic use of the statistical software system S/R.

Transferable Skills

Model selection and data analysis. Statistical computing skills. Results interpretation.

Teaching details

Lectures (including both theory and examples) and practice problems.

Assessment Details

100% Examination.

Raw scores on the examinations will be determined according to the marking scheme written on the examination paper. The marking scheme, indicating the maximum score per question, is a guide to the relative weighting of the questions. Raw scores are moderated as described in the Undergraduate Handbook.

Reading and References

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