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MT4606 Statistical Inference

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:10.00 am Mon (odd weeks), Wed and Fri

This module aims to show how the methods of estimation and hypothesis testing met in 2000- and 3000-level Statistics modules can be justified and derived; to extend those methods to a wider variety of situations. The syllabus includes: comparison of point estimators; the Rao-Blackwell Theorem; distribution theory; Fisher information and the Cramer-Rao lower bound; maximum likelihood estimation; hypothesis-testing; confidence sets.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all other undergraduate programmes in the School.

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT3507 or MT3606
UG Anti-requisite(s):MT5701

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 0.5 tutorial (weeks 2 - 11).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 30
  • Guided independent study: 120

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 100%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 0%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 100%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof A G Lynch
Module teaching staff:Prof A G Lynch