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Unit Overview


This unit covers a set of tools for modelling, understanding and predicting from complex data sets. The tools are selected from topics that are a natural blend of statistics and machine learning, and are motivated and demonstrated with applied examples. The underlying general concepts and basic theory are discussed at a level accessible to students. Data sets are analysed using the statistical package R and the unit provides an introduction to this software. Topics are selected from statistical inference, linear regression, model selection, classification, resampling methods, tree-based methods, support vector machines and machine learning.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply appropriate techniques from the above topics to real world data and communicate results in a logical and coherent fashion; (2) apply statistical reasoning in general to analyse the essential structure of problems in various fields of data science; (3) extend students' knowledge of statistical modelling techniques and adapt known solutions to different situations; and (4) undertake continuous learning in statistical predictive modelling and inference, being aware that an understanding of fundamentals is necessary for effective application.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests and assignments and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Adriano Polpo de Campos
Unit rules

Course Enrolment in
the HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics [Honours]
or the 62530 Master of Data Science
or the 70550 Master of Bioinformatics
and STAT2401 Analysis of Experiments
and STAT2402 Analysis of Observations
or STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
STAT3406 Applied Statistics and Data Visualisation
Contact hours
Lectures: 2-hours per week
Computer Labs: 2-hours per week
STAT4064 will be offered in Semester 1 from 2022.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.