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Advanced Statistical Computing


Admission requirements

This course on computational statistics requires good knowledge of probability theory, inferential statistics, and programming with R. The courses “Statistical Computing with R” and “Statistics and Probability” from the MSc in Statistics and Data Science are prerequisites for this course.


Advanced Statistical Computing will introduce you to the field of computational statistics, which can be loosely defined as a set of numerical methods and algorithms that can be employed to solve a well-defined statistical problem. During the course, we will focus on the following topics:
1. Methods for the generation of random variables
2. The Monte Carlo method
3. Applications of the Monte Carlo method
4. Variance reduction methods
5. Numerical integration and root finding algorithms
6. The bootstrap
7. Permutation tests

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students should:
1. understand the mathematical and statistical foundations of the methods covered in the course;
2. be able to explain how each of the aforementioned methods work;
3. know how to solve relevant statistical problems using such methods;
4. be able to implement the methods and algorithms covered in this course using R.


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Mode of instruction

A combination of lectures and computer practicals. To fully benefit from the practicals, it is recommended that you bring your own laptop with R and RStudio installed.

Assessment method

A written exam at the end of the course. The grade of the written exam should be at least 5.5 to get a pass.

Reading list

  • Rizzo, M. L. (2019). Statistical Computing with R. CRC Press.


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