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STATISTICAL INFERENCE

CODE 48384
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 8 cfu during the 3nd year of 8760 MATEMATICA (L-35) - GENOVA
  • 8 cfu during the 2nd year of 8766 STATISTICA MATEM. E TRATTAM. INFORMATICO DEI DATI (L-35) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9011 MATEMATICA(LM-40) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SECS-S/01
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Introduction to Statistical Inference

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    a) To provide an introduction to concepts and techniques from statistical inference which are fundamental to provide a probabilistic measure of the error committed when estimation is based on a sample from a large population. b) To deal with theoretical and practical elements of the design, analysis and inference of survey data obtained by probabilistic sampling.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course students will be able:

    • to explain the key points defining exploratory data analysis versus statistical inference based on finite samples
    • to possess the main concepts and techniques for computing point estimates, confidence intervals and performing hypothesis testing and for evaluating them
    • to identify the suitable statistical technique and perform the analysis of simple data sets. 

    PREREQUISITES

    Mathematical Analysis: function of a variable, integral calculus. 
    Algebra: elements of vector and matrix algebra. 
    Probability: elementary probability

    TEACHING METHODS

    Combination of traditional lectures (40 hours) and exercises sessions (24 hours)

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Estimation. Populations, samples, sources of uncertainty and point estimators. Properties of point estimators. Some point estimators and their probability distributions. Confidence intervals. 
    Hypothesis tests. How to define and use a statistical test (hypotheses, errors of the first and second type, critical region). Parametric tests. Tests of large samples. Comparative tests. Some non-parametric tests. 
    Statistics and tests for linear multiple models. Confidence intervals for the parameters, estimated values and residuals, "studentized" residuals, test of hypotheses on single coefficients and on subsets of coefficients. Forecast.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    1. Casella G., Berger R.L. (2002), Statistical Inference, Pacific Grove, CA: Duxbury

    2. Mood A.M., Graybill F.A., Boes D.C. (1991), Introduction to the Theory of Statistics, McGraw-Hill, Inc. 

    3. Ross S.M. (2003), Probabilità e statistica per l’ingegneria e le scienze, Apogeo, Milano

    4. Wasserman L. (2005), All of Statistics, Springer

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    EVA RICCOMAGNO (President)

    ELDA GUALA

    SARA SOMMARIVA (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    According to the academic calendar

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam consists of a written and a oral part.

    During the semester there will be three (not evaluated) mock exams. The lecture after each mock exam will start with a 15-minute closed-book written examination. 

    The first two closed-book examinations are evaluated at most 3 marks and the third one at most 2 marks, for a maximum total of 8 marks.

    For the students who attempted all of the three closed-book examinations, the final written examination consists of a 2-hour open book examination, which is evaluated at most 23 marks to be added to the marks of the three on-course closed-book examinations.

    For the students who did not attempt the three closed-book examinations, the final written examination consists of two parts: a 45-minute closed-book examination and a 2-hour open-book examination. The closed-book part is evaluated at most 8 points, the open-book part is evaluated at most 23 points.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The on-course examination and the closed-book part of the final examination test the comprehension of the theory.

    The two-hour open-book examination evaluates the acquired ability to apply the theoretical ideas for simple data analysis.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    23/01/2023 09:00 GENOVA Scritto riservato agli studenti iscritti a.a.2021/2022 e anni accademici precedenti
    16/02/2023 09:00 GENOVA Scritto riservato agli studenti iscritti a.a.2021/2022 e anni accademici precedenti
    19/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    20/07/2023 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    18/09/2023 09:00 GENOVA Scritto

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Students with DSA, disability or other special educational needs are recommended to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course, in order to organize teaching and assessment, taking in account both the class aims and the student's needs and providing suitable compensatory instruments.

    Upon request by the students, the lectures and/or the exam can be held in English.