This module runs in Term 1 and is core for students with their home department in Statistics and not available for students from other departments.
Prerequisite: ST115 Introduction to Probability.
To develop more advanced probabilistic methods that are used in Statistics.
The module builds the necessary probability background for mathematical statistics. It covers topics such as multivariate probability distributions, conditional probability distributions and conditional expectation, multivariate normal distribution, convergence of sequences of random variables.
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
Discrete and continuous multivariate distributions. Marginal distributions.
Jacobian transformation formula.
Conditional distributions, conditional expectation and properties.
Moment generating functions for multivariate random variables.
Multivariate Gaussian distribution and properties.
Distributions related to Gaussian distribution: the Chisquared, Student's and Fisher distributions.
Convergence in distribution, convergence in probability and almost sure convergence. Examples.
Laws of large numbers.
Central limit theorem.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
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Mathematical, analytical, problem solving
Analytical, problem solving, investigative skills, communication, good working habits
Type  Required 

Lectures  30 sessions of 1 hour (25%) 
Tutorials  5 sessions of 1 hour (4%) 
Private study  61 hours (51%) 
Assessment  24 hours (20%) 
Total  120 hours 
Weekly revision of lecture notes and materials, wider reading and practice exercises, working on problem sets and preparing for examination.
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Weighting  Study time  

Written assignment  10%  12 hours 
The assignment will contain a number of questions for which solutions and / or written responses will be required. The preparation and completion time noted below refers to the amount of time in hours that a wellprepared student who has attended lectures and carried out an appropriate amount of independent study on the material could expect to spend on this assignment. You will write your answers on paper and submit it as instructed. 

Multiple Choice Quizzes  10%  12 hours 
A number of multiple choice quizzes which will take place during the term that the module is delivered. 

2 hour examination (January)  80%  
Full marks may be obtained by correctly answering Question 1 from Part I and two complete questions from ~Platforms  Moodle 
Weighting  Study time  

2 hour examination (September)  100%  
Full marks may be obtained by correctly answering Question 1 from Part I and two complete questions from ~Platforms  Moodle

Answers to problems sets will be marked and returned to you in a tutorial or seminar taking place the following week when you will have the opportunity to discuss it.
Solutions and cohort level feedback will be provided. The results of the January examination and cohort level examination feedback will be available in week 10 of term 2.
If you pass this module, you can take:
If you take this module, you cannot also take:
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This module is Option list B for: