PHYS5513 Computational Statistics for Physics
- 6 points
|Semester 2||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- This unit provides key tools for the statistical and numerical analysis of complex problems in physics and astrophysics. It includes a solid introduction to the R statistical programming language and contains many practical examples, mainly from cosmology and astrophysics, but extending to general physics and medicine.
- Students are able to (1) learn how to use R, interface with other scientific languages and I/O scientific data; (2) master essential numerical analysis techniques in R and benefit from various packages to quickly solve numerical problems.; (3) explain basic statistical concepts (probability trees, joint probabilities, ensembles, resampling, frequentist statistics, tests, correlations, distributions, expectations, moments); (4) apply Bayesian inference to a wide range of scientific problems and master related concepts (maximum likelihood, Fisher information, Laplace approximation, Jeffreys prior); (5) be familiar with advanced inference problems and packages available to solve them; including by MCMC algorithms.; and (6) master temporal and spatial statistical estimators and their Fourier space representations.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and (2) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Matthew Young
- Unit rules
- completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.