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STAT: Statistics

Introductory courses in probability and statistics are offered by many different departments at UBC. For a list of these courses and details concerning restrictions on the number of credits students may obtain for such courses, see "Pairing Lists" and "Probability and Statistics" in the Science section. The following course is for students in the Faculty of Applied Science: STAT 251. Additional fees are charged for some courses.


STAT 100 (3) Statistical Thinking
Explores the development and use of statistical thinking in the modern world. The aim is to develop statistical literacy and demonstrate applications of statistics in research and society. Students who obtain credit for any of STAT 306, 307, 308, 344 cannot in the same or later term gain credit for STAT 100. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
STAT 200 (3) Elementary Statistics for Applications
Classical, nonparametric, and robust inferences about means, variances, and analysis of variance, using computers. Emphasis on problem formulation, assumptions, and interpretation. See the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion Lists: www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414. [3-1-0]
Prerequisite: One of MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 105, MATH 121, SCIE 001.
STAT 203 (3) Statistical Methods
Organizing, displaying and summarizing data. Inference estimation and testing for elementary probability models. Not for credit towards a B.Sc. (Consult the Credit Exclusion list within the Faculty of Science section in the Calendar.) [3-1-0]
Prerequisite: MATH 11. Or Pre-calculus 11.
STAT 241 (3) Introductory Probability and Statistics
Probability models, random variables and vectors, estimation, testing, regression, analysis of variance, goodness of fit, quality control. (Consult the Credit Exclusion list within the Faculty of Science section of the Calendar). [3-1-0]
Prerequisite: One of MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 105, MATH 121, SCIE 001.
STAT 251 (3) Elementary Statistics
Probability, discrete and continuous random variables, joint probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, analysis of variance, goodness of fit. (Consult the Credit Exclusion list within the Faculty of Science section of the Calendar). [3-1-0]
Prerequisite: One of MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 105, MATH 121, SCIE 001.
STAT 300 (3) Intermediate Statistics for Applications
Further topics in statistical inference, including parametric and non-parametric methods, goodness-of-fit methods, analysis of variance and covariance, regression analysis, categorical data analysis, experimental designs, time series, model fitting, and statistical computing. [3-1-0]
Prerequisite: One of STAT 200, STAT 241, STAT 251, BIOL 300, COMM 291, ECON 325, FRST 231, PSYC 218, PSYC 366.
Equivalency: COMM 411.
STAT 302 (3) Introduction to Probability
Basic notions of probability, random variables, expectation and conditional expectation, limit theorems. (Consult the Credit Exclusion list within the Faculty of Science section in the Calendar.) [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of MATH 200, MATH 226, MATH 217, MATH 253, MATH 263.
Equivalency: MATH 302.
STAT 305 (3) Introduction to Statistical Inference
Review of probability theory. Sampling distribution theory, large sample theory and methods of estimation and hypothesis testing, including maximum likelihood estimation, likelihood ratio testing and confidence interval construction. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: Either (a) one of STAT 200, BIOL 300, STAT 241, STAT 251, COMM 291, ECON 325, FRST 231, PSYC 218, PSYC 366 and one of MATH 302, STAT 302; or (b) a score of 65% or higher in one of MATH 302, STAT 302. The Department recommends that students meet the prerequisite through option (a). Note there is credit exclusion between MATH 302, STAT 302 and STAT 241, STAT 251.
STAT 306 (3) Finding Relationships in Data
Modeling a response (output) variable as a function of several explanatory (input) variables: multiple regression for a continuous response, logistic regression for a binary response, and log-linear models for count data. Finding low-dimensional structure: principal components analysis. Cluster analysis. (Consult the Credit Exclusion List within the Faculty of Science section in the Calendar). [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: One of MATH 152, MATH 221, MATH 223 and one of STAT 200, STAT 241, STAT 251, BIOL 300 and one of MATH 302, STAT 302.
STAT 307 (2) Statistics Laboratory I
Implementing theory in applications. Problem based learning. Generation and analysis of case data. Modelling, computation and reporting. [0-4-0]
Corequisite: STAT 306.
STAT 308 (1) Statistics Laboratory II
Continuation of STAT 307. [0-2-0]
STAT 321 (4) Stochastic Signals and Systems
Stochastic behaviour of signals and systems (e.g., communication systems); discrete and continuous probability; random processes; modeling and identification of linear time-invariant systems; binary hypothesis testing and decision making. [3-0-2]
Prerequisite: One of EECE 269, ELEC 221, STAT 305. STAT 305 may be taken concurrently, with registration assistance from Statistics Student Services.
Equivalency: ELEC 321.
STAT 335 (3) Statistics in Quality Assurance
Philosophy of quality improvement and total quality control. Definitions of quality. Deming's principles, Ishikawa's tools, control charts, acceptance sampling, continuous improvement, quality design. Credit cannot be obtained for both STAT 335 and WOOD 335. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: One of STAT 200, STAT 241, STAT 251, BIOL 300.
STAT 344 (3) Sample Surveys
Planning and practice of sample surveys. Random sampling, bias and variance, unequal probability sampling, systematic, multistage and stratified sampling, ratio and regression estimators, post-stratification, establishing a frame, pretesting, pilot studies, nonresponse and additional topics. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: One of STAT 200, BIOL 300.
Corequisite: One of MATH 302, STAT 302.
STAT 398 (3) Co-operative Work Placement I
Work experience in an industrial research setting. Normally taken during Winter Session of third year. Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative Education Program in Statistics. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Registration in Statistics Honours or Major Program.
STAT 399 (3) Co-operative Work Placement II
Work experience in an industrial research setting. Normally taken during Summer Session following third year. Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative Education Program in Statistics. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: STAT 398.
STAT 404 (3) Design and Analysis of Experiments
Theory and application of analysis of variance for standard experimental designs, including blocked, nested, factorial and split plot designs. Fixed and random effects, multiple comparisons, analysis of covariance. (Consult the Credit Exclusion list within the Faculty of Science section in the Calendar). [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: STAT 305.
Corequisite: STAT 306.
STAT 406 (3) Methods for Statistical Learning
Flexible, data-adaptive methods for regression and classification models; regression smoothers; penalty methods; assessing accuracy of prediction; model selection; robustness; classification and regression trees; nearest-neighbour methods; neural networks; model averaging and ensembles; computational time and visualization for large data sets. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: One of STAT 306, CPSC 340.
STAT 443 (3) Time Series and Forecasting
Trend and seasonality, autocorrelation, stationarity, stochastic models, exponential smoothing, Holt-Winters methods, Box-Jenkins approach, frequency domain analysis. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: One of MATH 302, MATH 318, STAT 302 and one of STAT 200, ECON 325.
Corequisite: STAT 305.
STAT 445 (3) Introduction to Exploratory Data Analysis
Methods for exploring and presenting the structure of data: one group of numbers, several groups, bivariate data, time series data and two-way tables. Data displays, outlier identification, transformations, resistant regression, several types of data smoothing, comparisons with standard statistical methods. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: STAT 306.
STAT 447 (2-6) c Special Topics in Statistics
Students should consult the Statistics Department for the particular topics offered in a given year.
Prerequisite: STAT 305. Permission of the instructor is required.
STAT 450 (3) Case Studies in Statistics
Readings and projects in areas of current statistical application including environmental science, industrial statistics, official statistics, actuarial statistics, and medical statistics. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: STAT 306.
STAT 460 (3) Statistical Inference I
A detailed theoretical development. Statistical models, exponential families, sufficiency, completeness, and detailed properties of point estimation. Intended for Honours students. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: MATH 320. STAT 305 is recommended.
STAT 461 (3) Statistical Inference II
Detailed development of the theory of testing hypotheses and confidence regions, Bayesian models and inference, elements of decision theory and additional topics. Intended for Honours students. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: STAT 460.
STAT 498 (3) Co-operative Work Placement III
Work experience in an industrial research setting. Normally taken during Summer Session following fourth year. Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative Education Program in Statistics. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 499 (3) Co-operative Work Placement IV
Work experience in an industrial research setting. Normally taken during Term 1 of Winter Session of fifth year. Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative Education Program in Statistics. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 518 (3) Theoretical Statistics
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 520 (1-6) d Topics in Bayesian Analysis and Decision Theory
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 521 (1-6) d Topics in Multivariate Analysis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 522 (1-6) d Topics in Asymptotic Theory and Statistical Inference
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 526 (1-6) d Topics in Smoothing Methods
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 527 (1-6) d Topics in Biostatistics
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 530 (1-3) d Bayesian Inference and Decision
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 533 (1-3) d Survival Analysis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 535 (1-3) d Statistical Computing
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 536 (1-3) d Statistical Theory for the Design and Analysis of Clinical Studies
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 538 (1-3) d Generalized Linear Models
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 540 (1-3) d Statistical Methods for High Dimensional Biology
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Equivalency: BIOF 540, GSAT 540.
STAT 541 (1-3) d Applied Multivariate Analysis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 543 (1-3) d Time Series Analysis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 545 (1-3) d Exploratory Data Analysis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 547 (1-6) d Topics in Statistics
Students should consult the Statistics Department for the particular advanced topics offered in a given year. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 548 (1-6) c Directed Studies in Statistics
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 549 (6/12) c Thesis for Master's Degree
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 550 (3) Techniques of Statistical Consulting
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 551 (3) Statistical Consulting Practicum
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 560 (3) Statistical Theory I
Credit will not be given for both STAT 460 and STAT 560. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. [3-0-0]
STAT 561 (3) Statistical Theory II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 589 (3) M.Sc. Project
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 598 (3) Co-operative Work Placement I
Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative M.Sc. Education Program in Statistics. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
STAT 599 (3) Co-operative Work Placement II
Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative M.Sc. Education Program in Statistics. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: STAT 598.
STAT 649 (0) Doctoral Dissertation

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