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|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Total Time Commitment: 8-12 hours total study time per week|
|Prerequisites:||505-105 Mathematics Background for Biostatistics 505-106 Epidemiology 505-107 Principles of Statistical Inference 505-940 Linear Models 505-941 Categorical Data and GLMs 505-975 Probability and Distribution Theory|
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
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|Subject Overview:|| |
Topics include: simple one-parameter models with conjugate prior distributions; standard models containing two or more parameters, including specifics for the normal location-scale model; the role of non-informative prior distributions; the relationship between Bayesian methods and standard ‘classical’ approaches to statistics, especially those based on likelihood methods; computational techniques for use in Bayesian analysis, especially the use of simulation from posterior distributions, with emphasis on the WinBUGS package as a practical tool; application of Bayesian methods for fitting hierarchical models to complex data structures.
|Assessment:||Two written assignments to be submitted during semester worth 30% each (approx 10 hrs work each). Four practical exercises to be submitted during semester worth 10% each (approx 6 hrs work each).|
|Prescribed Texts:||Gelman, A, Carlin, JB, Stern, HS, and Rubin, DB, Bayesian Data Analysis, 2nd edition, Chapman and Hall, 2003. ISBN 158488388X Special Computer Requirements: Subject coordinator will advise (no licensing costs involved) Resources Provided to Students: Printed course notes, including published literature, and assignment material by mail and email, and online interaction facilities.|
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:|| |
Independent problem solving, facility with abstract reasoning, clarity of written expression, sound communication of technical concepts
|Links to further information:||http://www.sph.unimelb.edu.au|
This subject is not available in the Master of Public Health.
Subject Coordinator: Dr Lyle Gurrin, 8344 0731
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