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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on contemporary and advanced statistical learning methods in data science including unsupervised and supervised learning and dimension reduction for high-dimensional data. It combines concepts and practices and shows how to apply the methods to different data science domains (e.g. physical sciences, medical and biological sciences, engineering, business and social sciences) and how to critically assess each method. Combined with appropriate visualisation this will improve the understanding of the key ideas of each method and their applicability. Students will learn to choose suitable data analysis methods for particular data and discuss and interpret the results. Statistical computing (including R), as required in a position as a data scientist will form an essential part of this unit.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) evaluate concepts and methods of statistical data science and statistical learning; (2) compare supervised or unsupervised statistical methods in the analysis of particular data sets; (3) critically assess the suitability of different approaches; (4) analyse complex data sets as a result of developing code in a modern programming language; and (5) appraise the results of analysis of multivariate and high-dimensional data.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) laboratories and quizzes; and (3) 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)
Dr Darfiana Nur
Unit rules

Course Enrolment in
the 62530 Master of Data Science
and STAT2401 Analysis of Experiments
and STAT2402 Analysis of Observations
or STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
STAT3064 Statistical Learning
and STAT4067 Applied Statistics and Data Visualisation
Contact hours
Lectures: 2-hours per week
Laboratory: 2-hours per week.
STAT5061 will replace STAT4067 Applied Statistics and Visualisation from 2022.

This unit will be based on a number of recommended advanced texts including:

Analysis of Multivariate and High-Dimensional Data, Inge Koch

The Elements of Statistical Learning, Jerome H. Friedman, Robert Tibshirani, and Trevor Hastie

Modern Multivariate Statistical Techniques, Alan J. Izenman

Statistical Data Science, Chapters 1-15, Inge Koch and A Pope

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