# Study-Unit Description

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CODE SOR1220

TITLE Statistical Computing

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

ECTS CREDITS 6

DEPARTMENT Statistics and Operations Research

DESCRIPTION (i) ELEMENTARY STATISTICS

Introduction to the Science of Decision Making Under Uncertainty. The Nature of Statistical Methods
Descriptive Statistics and Frequency Distributions. Methods for Data Summary and Presentation
Populations and Survey Sampling
Statistical Inference
Principles for Point and Interval Estimation
Introduction to Hypothesis Testing
Parametric Tests
Test on means and test on difference of two means
Linear Regression and Correlation
One-Way Analysis of Variance

(ii) I. COMPUTATIONAL ISSUE

Data Management and Use of Statistics Packages (SPSS)
Computing and Programming Language Environments (MATLAB)
Basic Programming Concepts
- Creating Functions
- Graphical Presentation of Results
Operations from Linear Algebra
- Vector and Matrix Operations
- Solving Linear Equations
- Factorization
- Generalized Inverses for Matrices (Moore-Penrose)

II. EXPLORATORY DATA ANALYSIS

Frequency Distribution Plots and Displays
Numerical and Graphical Forms of Presentation
Display of Summary Statistics for Locations, Dispersion, Kurtosis and Skewness Measures
Two-Dimensional Data
Multivariate Data Plots

III. STATISTICAL COMPUTING

Work with Probability Distributions
Descriptive Statistics
Simulation and Sampling
Statistical Tests and Confidence Intervals
Linear Regression
Contingency Tables

Suggested Texts:

- Clarke, G.M. and Cooke, D. (1998) A Basic Course in Statistics, Edward Arnold
- Larsen, R.J. and Marx, M.L. (1986) An Introduction to Mathematical Statistics, Prentice Hall Inc.
- Freund, J. E. and Walpole, R.E. (1987) Mathematical Statistics , Prentice Hall Inc.
- Cooke, D., Craven, A.H., Craven, H., and Clarke, G.M. (1992) Basic Statistical Computing, Wiley
- Thisted, Ronald J. (1988) Elements of Statistical Computing, Chapman and Hall
- Kennedy, William J. (1980) Statistical Computing, Marcel Dekker
- Mosteller, Frederick and Caste Hoaglin, David (1982) Understanding Robust and Exploratory Data Analysis, Wiley
- Hartwig, Frederick (1979) Exploratory Data Analysis, Sage Publications
- Tukey, John Wilder (1977) Exploratory Data Analysis, Addison-Wesley Publications
- Paert-Enander, E., Sjoeberg A. (1999 ) The MATLAB 5 Handbook, Addison-Wesley Publications
- SPSS Student Version 10.0 for Windows
- MATLAB® Student Version Release 12

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
 Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting Project SEM2 Yes 33% Assignment SEM2 Yes 33% Computer-based Examination (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 34%

LECTURER/S Monique Borg Inguanez
Mark A. Caruana
Fiona Sammut

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