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Detailed information for APTS Week 2, 19th--23rd April 2021

Welcome to APTS Week 2 Online!

This webpage contains important informations concerning the APTS week. Please do read it carefully.

Week's resources

Written materials for the week can be found on the resources webpage.

Video materials will be available through the Team created for the APTS week, see "Accessing the meetings and video lectures", below.

IT Preparations for the APTS Week

The APTS week will take place on the MS Teams platform. If you are not from Warwick, you will have received an email with personal details to register your personal Warwick IT account. Warwick students should use their usual ITS account.

All video meetings of the APTS week, as well as the video lecture, will be available via the MS Teams platform. We suggest you read carefully the page about accessing Teams at Warwick. While you can access the MS Teams platform via a web browser, we strongly recommend that you use the desktop version of the application, which you can download here.

You might be already familiar with MS Teams. If this is not the case, this short introductory video will be helpful, and there are more detailed video tutorials if you are interested.

Accessing the meetings and video lectures

You will be added to a Team called "APTS Week 2 2020--2021" that will be private to all week 2 participants. You should receive a notification about this, but if this is not the case, you will see the Team by clicking on the "Teams" icon at the left of the MS Teams application.

If you have difficulties accessing the MS Team of the APTS week, please look at the FAQ regarding accessing the MS Team for APTS Week 2.


Click on the image below to see the timetable of synchronous (live) events. These consist of academic sessions (problem classes, computer labs and Q&A session) and (optional) social events. You are expected to study the video and written materials during the week, outside the live events.


Module details

The two modules taught during the week are Applied Stochastic Processes (Nicholas Georgiou and Matthew Roberts) and Statistical Modelling (Helen Ogden).

Teaching plans for Applied Stochastic Processes

The Applied Stochastic Processes module consists of seven lectures:

  1. Markov chains and reversibility
  2. Renewal processes and stationarity
  3. Martingales
  4. Martingale convergence
  5. Recurrence
  6. Foster-Lyapunov criteria
  7. Cutoff

Each lecture will be split into a few shorter sections, each of which will be covered in a pre-recorded video lecture. There will then be three live question and answer sessions on Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd April, all 4pm - 5pm, at which you can ask the lecturers questions regarding the course. These sessions will prioritise questions about lectures 1 and 2 on Tuesday 20th, lectures 3 and 4 on Wednesday 21st, and lectures 5, 6 and 7 on Thursday 22nd.

There is a set of preliminary notes that you should look through before starting the lectures. These notes cover the basics of probability theory and introduce Markov chains, which are the main subject of the course.

Lecture notes will be available by 15th April, along with video recordings of the first 4 lectures. The remaining lectures will be available ready for the start of APTS week.

Teaching plans for Statistical Modelling

The Statistical Modelling module is split into three chapters: Model Selection, Beyond Generalised Linear Models and Nonlinear Models. There will be a series of short recorded lectures which cover the content for each chapter. There will be also live lecture discussion sessions at 11:00-11:30 on the 19th, 21st and 23rd of April. You should aim to watch the first two videos for Chapter 1 before the first discussion session, the remaining Chapter 1 videos and the first two videos for Chapter 2 before the second session, and all remaining videos before the third session.

The Statistical Modelling module will also have two computer labs, at 11:00-12:00 on the 20th April and 22nd of April. The first computer lab relates to content from Chapter 1, and the second to Chapter 2: you should aim to complete all video lectures for those chapters before the relevant lab session. You are encouraged to make arrangements — if possible — to have access to a computer with R installed for taking part in the labs. In preparation, you can look at the following introduction to R Programming for statistics. Please read through this material if you are unfamiliar with R.

All material (written materials, video lectures) will be available by 15th April 2021.

Online codes of Conduct

APTS expects all participants to abide by the codes of conduct of the University of Warwick noting in particular the acceptable use policy. APTS reserves the unlimited right to cancel any registration without prejudice in the event of violation of said codes of conduct.

Privacy Notice

Please note that for the duration of its existence your Warwick IT account will have your full name associated with it and this will be visible to all University of Warwick staff members. Your name will be visible in any Microsoft Teams event in which you participate. A full privacy statement can be viewed here.