STAT3064 Statistical Learning

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Data Science; Computing and Data Science major sequences
  • Level 3 option in the Mathematics and Statistics major sequence
This unit introduces fundamental concepts and contemporary methods of Statistical Learning – both supervised and unsupervised learning approaches, and shows how to apply these methods to different data science domains (e.g. physical sciences, medical and biological sciences, engineering, business and social sciences). Focus will be on the interaction between methods and data, on learning to choose suitable methods of data analysis for particular data and on interpreting the results. Statistical computing (including R and/or Matlab) will form an essential part of this unit.
Students are able to (1) explain the basic concepts and methods of Statistical Learning; (2) choose appropriate supervised or unsupervised approaches for a particular data set; (3) critically assess the suitability of the approach for a particular data set; (4) use modern programming languages to analyse data; (5) interpret results of multivariate data analysis; and (6) communicate results of multivariate data analysis..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment; (2) in-semester test; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Inge Koch
Unit rules
(STAT2401 Analysis of Experiments or STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications) and (MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (ID 5107) or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013))
Advisable prior study:
CITS2402 Introduction to Data Science
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratory: 2 hours per week
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