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Generalised Linear Models - MAT00017H

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  • Department: Mathematics
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Marina Knight
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Additional information

Pre-requisite modules for Natural Sciences students: Statistics Option 1 MAT00033I.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

  • To introduce the statistical methodology of generalised linear models (GLM).
  • To perform model selection, estimation and result interpretation for diverse response and explanatory variables, using the GLM methodology.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the unifying role of exponential families when studying the association between response and explanatory variables measured in diverse scales.

  • Understand and perform maximum likelihood based inference for GLMs, including in the context of logistic regression, Poisson regression.

  • Capability to use the statistical programme R to perform data analysis in the GLM context.

Module content



  • Exponential family of distributions and generalised linear models setup, including link functions.[3]

  • Model estimation and inference based on (maximum likelihood) asymptotic theory: hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, analysis of deviance.[6]

  • Diagnostics, residual checks, interpretation of results, other model selection criteria (e.g. AIC).[4]

  • GLMs corresponding to diverse response variables e.g. binary, count, Gamma, using continuous and/or factor covariates and (if appropriate) their interactions.[5]

[ ] approximate number of lectures


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Generalised Linear Models
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Generalised Linear Models
2 hours 100

Module feedback

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Indicative reading

  • Annette J Dobson, Introduction to Generalized Linear Models, Second Edition, Chapman and Hall.
  • Peter McCullagh, John A Nelder, Generalized Linear Models, Second Edition, Chapman and Hall.

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