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Statistical Inference & Linear Models - MAT00053I

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  • Department: Mathematics
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Marina Knight
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

An investigation of classical Frequentist statistical methodology with application to common data analysis problems, following on from more theoretical/foundational material in Probability & Markov Chains.

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Additional information

This module is the second part of the Probability & Statistics stream, and as such must be taken with the first part (Probability & Markov Chains).

Pre-requisite modules:

  • Intro to Prob & Stats
  • Probability & Markov Chains

Post-requisite modules:

  • The majority of H/M level statistics modules


Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

The students will look at the theory and practice of common classical statistical procedures that are useful in their own right and are built on in later modules. Of particular importance are confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and linear regression. The module includes coursework in which students will produce a statistical report, demonstrating both their understanding and their computational skills

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Perform, interpret and critique common Frequentist statistical calculations (namely confidence intervals and hypothesis tests).

  2. Modify or construct similar tools based on the theory that supports them.

  3. Explain procedures for fitting linear models and assessing their adequacy.

  4. Explain and motivate procedures for variable selection.

  5. Implement key methodology with real data and to communicate its significance in a statistical report.

Module content

  • Confidence intervals (parametric and bootstrap)

  • Hypothesis testing

  • Linear models

  • Data analysis with R


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Statistical Inference & Linear Models
3 hours 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

There will be five formative assignments with marked work returned in the seminars. At least one of them will contain a longer written part, done in LaTeX.


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Statistical Inference & Linear Models
3 hours 100

Module feedback

Current Department policy on feedback is available in the student handbook. Coursework and examinations will be marked and returned in accordance with this policy.

Indicative reading

Faraway, J.J., 2004. Linear models with R. Chapman and Hall/CRC.

Wood, S.N., 2015. Core statistics (Vol. 6). Cambridge University Press.

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