Principles of Statistical Inference

Subject 505-107 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: None
Total Time Commitment: 8-12 hours total study time per week

505-105 Mathematics Background for Biostatistics (MBB)

505-975 Probability and Distribution Theory (PDT)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Semester 1: Ms Adrienne Kirby, University of Sydney

Semester 2: Dr Patrick Kelly, University of Sydney

Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia

School of Population Health, University of Melbourne

Subject Overview:

Review of the key concepts of estimation, and construction of Normal-theory confidence intervals; frequentist theory of estimation including hypothesis tests; methods of inference based on likelihood theory, including use of Fisher and observed information and likelihood ratio; Wald and score tests; an introduction to the Bayesian approach to inference; an introduction to distribution-free statistical methods.

Objectives: To provide a strong mathematical and conceptual foundation in the methods of statistical inference, with an emphasis on practical aspects of the interpretation and communication of statistically based conclusions in health research.

Two written assignments to be submitted during semester worth 35% each (approx 10 hrs work each).

Submission of selected practical exercises throughout the semester worth 10% each (approx 6 hrs work each).

Prescribed Texts:

Printed course notes and assignment material by mail, email, and online interaction facilities.

Special Computer Requirements: SAS or Stata Statistical Software

Recommended Texts:

Azzalini, A. Statistical Inference: Based on the Likelihood. Chapman and Hall, London, 1996

Clayton and Hills. Statistical Models in Epidemiology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1993.

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.

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This subject is not available in the Master of Public Health.

Related Course(s): Master of Biostatistics
Postgraduate Certificate in Biostatistics
Postgraduate Diploma in Biostatistics

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