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STAT3110 – Statistical Inference

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor/Lecturer
Jun Ma
Contact via Email or 9850 8548
Room 526, 12WW
please refer to iLearn
Lecturer
Nan Zou
Contact via Email or 9850 8926
Room 706, 12WW
please refer to iLearn
Nan Zou
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(20cp at 2000 level including (STAT272 or STAT2372 or STAT273 or STAT2173)) or [(STAT270 or STAT2170) and (COMP257 or COMP2200) and (admission to BIT or BAdvIT)]
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
STAT6110
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides an introduction to likelihood-based statistical inference. After a brief discussion of the multivariable calculus concepts needed, students will study (multivariate) change of variable, the likelihood function and maximum likelihood estimation, using examples of distributions from 2000-level probability units. The theory of estimation and hypothesis testing will be discussed, including most powerful tests, large sample theory, the sufficiency principle, the likelihood ratio principle, and sequential probability ratio tests.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Apply random sampling concepts to make inferences about a population.
  • ULO3: Analyse a range of statistical inference contexts and evaluate how the concept of likelihood and the principle of maximum likelihood estimation can be applied.
  • ULO2: Use estimation principles (including unbiasedness, consistency and relative efficiency) to assess the performance of inference procedures.
  • ULO4: Use hypothesis testing approaches (including likelihood ratio tests, score tests and Wald tests) to carry out statistical tests in various contexts.
  • ULO5: Evaluate the relevance of the principles of Bayesian inference in various contexts, and apply them to solve inference problems.

General Assessment Information

ATTENDANCE and PARTICIPATION: Please contact the unit convenor as soon as possible if you have difficulty attending and participating in any classes. There may be alternatives available to make up the work. If there are circumstances that mean you will miss a class, you can apply for Special Consideration via ask.mq.edu.au

ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION: Assignment submission will be online through the iLearn page.

Submit assignments online via the appropriate assignment link on the iLearn page. A personalised cover sheet is not required with online submissions. Read the submission statement carefully before accepting it as there are substantial penalties for making a false declaration.

  • Assignment submission is via iLearn. You should upload this as a single scanned PDF file.
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  • It is your responsibility to make sure your assignment submission is legible.
  • If there are technical obstructions to your submitting online, please email us to let us know.

You may submit as often as required prior to the due date/time. Please note that each submission will completely replace any previous submissions. It is in your interests to make frequent submissions of your partially completed work as insurance against technical or other problems near the submission deadline.

LATE SUBMISSION OF WORK:  All assessment tasks must be submitted by the official due date and time. In the case of a late submission for a non-timed assessment (e.g. an assignment), if special consideration has NOT been granted, 20% of the earned mark will be deducted for each 24-hour period (or part thereof) that the submission is late for the first 2 days (including weekends and/or public holidays). For example, if an assignment is submitted 25 hours late, its mark will attract a penalty equal to 40% of the earned mark. After 2 days (including weekends and public holidays) a mark of 0% will be awarded. Timed assessment tasks (e.g. tests, examinations) do not fall under these rules.

FINAL EXAM POLICY: It is Macquarie University policy not to set early examinations for individuals or groups of students. All students are expected to ensure that they are available until the end of the teaching semester, that is, the final day of the official examination period. The only excuse for not sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these special circumstances, you may apply for special consideration via ask.mq.edu.au.

If you receive special consideration for the final exam, a supplementary exam will be scheduled in the interval between the regular exam period and the start of the next session. By making a special consideration application for the final exam you are declaring yourself available for a resit during this supplementary examination period and will not be eligible for a second special consideration approval based on pre-existing commitments. Please ensure you are familiar with the policy prior to submitting an application.

You can check the supplementary exam information page on FSE101 in iLearn (bit.ly/FSESupp) for dates, and approved applicants will receive an individual notification one week prior to the exam with the exact date and time of their supplementary examination.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Assignment 1 15% No Week 4
Assignment 2 15% No Week 8
Assignment 3 15% No Week 11
Final Exam 55% No University examination period

Assignment 1

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 4
Weighting: 15%

 

Students are required to submit their assignments (pdf documents) before the due time. Students will submit their assignments via a link on iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply random sampling concepts to make inferences about a population.
  • Use estimation principles (including unbiasedness, consistency and relative efficiency) to assess the performance of inference procedures.

Assignment 2

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 8
Weighting: 15%

 

Students are required to submit their assignments (pdf documents) before the due time. Students will submit their assignments via a link on iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse a range of statistical inference contexts and evaluate how the concept of likelihood and the principle of maximum likelihood estimation can be applied.

Assignment 3

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 11
Weighting: 15%

 

Students are required to submit their assignments (pdf documents) before the due time. Students will submit their assignments via a link on iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Use hypothesis testing approaches (including likelihood ratio tests, score tests and Wald tests) to carry out statistical tests in various contexts.
  • Evaluate the relevance of the principles of Bayesian inference in various contexts, and apply them to solve inference problems.

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: University examination period
Weighting: 55%

 

Formal invigilated examination testing the learning outcomes of the unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply random sampling concepts to make inferences about a population.
  • Analyse a range of statistical inference contexts and evaluate how the concept of likelihood and the principle of maximum likelihood estimation can be applied.
  • Use estimation principles (including unbiasedness, consistency and relative efficiency) to assess the performance of inference procedures.
  • Use hypothesis testing approaches (including likelihood ratio tests, score tests and Wald tests) to carry out statistical tests in various contexts.
  • Evaluate the relevance of the principles of Bayesian inference in various contexts, and apply them to solve inference problems.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

For each week, there is a one-hour lecture online via Zoom. There will also be another one-hour pre-recorded Zoom lecture that students should watch each week at their own convenient time.

There is also one 2-hour SGTA class each week to attend, either on campus or online - check the timetable for options.

Unit Schedule

Week

Topic

Work Due

2 - 3 Large sample probability concepts  
 4 Estimation concepts A1 - wk 4
 5 - 6 Likelihood  
Session Break
7 - 8 Estimation methods  
8 - 9 Hypothesis testing concepts A2 - wk 8
10 - 11 Hypothesis testing methods A3 - wk 11
12 Bayesian inference  
13 Revision  

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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