ST218 Mathematical Statistics Part A
ST21812 Mathematical Statistics Part A
Introductory description
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.
Module aims
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.
Outline syllabus
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.
Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
 Understand more advance notions of probability needed in mathematical statistics including properties of multivariate Gaussian distributions, the law of large numbers, and the central limit theorem.
 Be able to calculate probabilities and expected values in more complex and sometimes multidimensional contexts.
 To be able to manipulate mathematical statements regarding the limiting behaviour of random sequences.
Indicative reading list
View reading list on Talis Aspire
Subject specific skills
Mathematical, analytical, problem solving
Transferable skills
Analytical, problem solving, investigative skills, communication, good working habits
Study time
Type  Required 

Lectures  30 sessions of 1 hour (31%) 
Tutorials  5 sessions of 1 hour (5%) 
Private study  61 hours (64%) 
Total  96 hours 
Private study description
Weekly revision of lecture notes and materials, wider reading and practice exercises, working on problem sets and preparing for examination.
Costs
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Assessment group D2
Weighting  Study time  

Multiple Choice Quiz 1  3%  4 hours 
A multiple choice quiz which will take place during the term that the module is delivered. 

Multiple Choice Quiz 2  3%  4 hours 
A multiple choice quiz which will take place during the term that the module is delivered. 

Multiple Choice Quiz 3  4%  4 hours 
A multiple choice quiz which will take place during the term that the module is delivered. 

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. 

Inperson Examination  80%  
Full marks may be obtained by correctly answering Question 1 from Part I and two complete questions from Part II.

Assessment group R1
Weighting  Study time  

Inperson Examination  Resit  100%  
Full marks may be obtained by correctly answering Question 1 from Part I and two complete questions from Part II. ~Platforms  Moodle

Feedback on assessment
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.
Postrequisite modules
If you pass this module, you can take:
 EC33815 Econometrics 2: Microeconometrics
Courses
This module is Core for:
 Year 2 of USTAG302 Undergraduate Data Science
 Year 2 of USTAG304 Undergraduate Data Science (MSci)
 Year 2 of USTAG305 Undergraduate Data Science (MSci) (with Intercalated Year)
 Year 2 of USTAG300 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics
 Year 2 of USTAG1G3 Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat)
 Year 2 of USTAGG14 Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc)
 Year 2 of USTAY602 Undergraduate Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics
This module is Optional for:
 Year 3 of UMAAGL11 Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics
 Year 4 of UECAGL12 Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year)
This module is Option list B for:
 Year 2 of UCSAG4G1 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics
 Year 2 of UCSAG4G3 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics
Catalogue 
Resources 
Feedback and Evaluation 
Grade Distribution 
Timetable 
Assessments dates for Statistics modules, including coursework and examinations, can be found in the Statistics Assessment Handbook.