STAT3405 Introduction to Bayesian Computing and Statistics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
This unit introduces fundamental concepts of Bayesian statistics and illustrates how to apply them to various areas of scientific research. Probabilistic programming languages (WinBugs, JAGS and/or Stan) are introduced, and their interfaces to the statistical computing and graphics environment R are discussed. These languages are used, either directly or via their R interface, to fit statistical models within a Bayesian framework to real-world examples from many disciplines such as engineering, science (e.g. agricultural, biological, environmental, medical and physical), social sciences, economics, finance and astronomy.
Students are able to (1) understand basic concepts of Bayesian statistics; (2) fit Bayesian models to their data using modern probabilistic programming languages; (3) critically assess fitted models; and (4) interpret and communicate results of Bayesian data analyses.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) in-semester tests; and (3) a final examination. 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)
Associate Professor Berwin Turlach
Unit rules
STAT1400 Statistics for Science
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; computer labs: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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