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Computational Statistics

Content partner
Utrecht University
Course coordinator
Dr. R. (Rutger) van der Bor


Computational Statistics
 3 - 7 March 2025
Course co-ordinator
Dr. R (Rebecca) K. Stellato
Course description
Computational statistics concerns the development, implementation and study of computationally intensive statistical methods. Such methods are often used e.g. in the fields of data visualization, the analysis of large datasets, Monte Carlo simulation, resampling methods such as the bootstrap, permutational methods, Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods and various numerical methods of equation solving such as the EM algorithm and Newton-Raphson iteration. A very powerful tool to implement such methods is the R statistical programming language.
This course will present essential methods in computational statistics in a practical manner, using real-world datasets and statistical problems. Examples will include e.g. 1) evaluating and comparing the performance of different statistical techniques in a specific setting using simulation, 2) implementing complex methods such as an EM algorithm to fit a joint model, 3) implementing the bootstrap to obtain a standard error estimate which is not available in closed-form. We will also develop advanced R programming skills.
Book: Extensive use will be made of the book Statistical Computing with R, by Maria L. Rizzo, Chapman & Hall/CRC, ISBN: 9781584885450.
Course objectives

At the end of the course, the student:

  • will have developed advanced and computationally efficient R programming skills,
  • is able to conduct and report on simulation studies, comparing the performance of statistical methods in specific settings,
  • is able to implement and use methods for statistical inference such as the bootstrap and permutation test,
  • will be familiar with the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm, as an example of a Markov Chain Monte Carlo method,
  • is familiar with some widely used numerical methods,
  • will be able to translate new statistical methods from the literature into a usable R program.
Prerequisite knowledge
Introduction to Statistic, Classical Methods in Data Analysis and Modern Methods in Data Analysis or their equivalents. Familiarity with the statistical package R is required.
Course days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Course format
Lectures, computer practicals, self study
Practical exercises including short case studies

All elements have to be awarded with at least a 5.5 in order to pass the final Assessment.

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Course fee
€ 980,-
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