STAT 664: Advanced Statistical Inference

INSTRUCTOR
Ivan Mizera (contact). Office hours: Anytime I am in my office, especially on Tuesday and Thursday between 12:20 and 13:30; or otherwise by appointment.
TIME AND VENUE
TR 11:00-12:20 CAB 457 (Sec A1)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION AND PREREQUISITES
Modern methods of statistical inference. Various versions of likelihood: conditional, marginal, integrated, profile, partial, empirical. Estimating equations. Semi-parametric models. Foundational issues. Prerequisites: STAT 512 and 566.
COURSE OBJECTIVE
To introduce students to modern advanced methods of statistical inference.
TEXTS
There is no single followed or required text; multiple sources will be used, including not only books, but also journal articles.
TOPICS
The topics will include the following - as well as any further themes of mutual interest:
GRADING POLICY
The cumulative score will be computed from the evaluation of the course project (40%) and its presentation (10%) and the final exam (50%). This score will determine the final grade in the following manner: those who achieve 90% or more will get A; 76% or more qualifies for B; 60% or more guarantees C. Fine distinctions (+ and -) will be determined from the relative position of the student's score in class; also, one or several of the above cutpoints may be lowered if class circumstances render it necessary.
Grades are unofficial until approved by the Department and/or Faculty offering the course. Samples of past or representative evaluative course material will be made available through the course web page.
CLASS PARTICIPATION
There are no marks for class participation; nonetheless, students are supposed to attend all classes and actively participate in discussions and other class activities.
PROJECTS
Projects will involve studying some literature pertaining to the topics covered in the course (typically, one or several journal articles), a small write-up (three-four pages say) of the subject matter, and its subsequent presentation in class. The themes of projects will be assigned early in the term, with the understanding that not all the projects and subsequent presentation will be necessary due at the same time - with an objective to allow projects to complement the main topics of the course. The deadlines and presentations will be scheduled with students individually. Some projects - as well as the topics of the course - may involve computational component.
FINAL EXAMINATION: FOR THE TIME AND VENUE, FOLLOW BEAR TRACKS
No printed material (books, photocopies, computer printouts) are allowed on the exam; students may only use notes written by their own hand. No access to the internet allowed either - to the extent that cellphones, laptops, etc. are not to be brought to the exams.
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FINE PRINT (OBLIGATORY ANNOUNCEMENTS)
There are no deferred term exams. A student who cannot write a term examination or complete a term assignment because of an incapacitating illness, severe domestic affliction or other compelling reasons can apply for a deferral of the weight of the missed work to the final exam. To apply for an excused absence, a student must inform the instructor within two working days following the scheduled date of the term work or term exam missed, or as soon as the student is able, having regard to the circumstances underlying the absence. In all cases, instructors may request adequate documentation to substantiate the reason for the absence at their discretion. An excused absence is a privilege and not a right; there is no guarantee that an absence will be granted. Misrepresentation of Facts to gain a deferral is a serious breach of the Code of Student Behaviour.
A student who cannot write the final examination due to incapacitating illness, severe domestic affliction or other compelling reasons can apply for a deferred final examination. Students who failed at the start of term to request exam accommodations for religious beliefs are expected to follow the normal deferred final examination process. Such an application must be made to the student's Faculty office within two working days of the missed examination and must be supported by a Statutory Declaration (in lieu of a medical statement form) or other appropriate documentation (Calendar section 23.5.6). Deferred examinations are a privilege and not a right; there is no guarantee that a deferred examination will be granted. Misrepresentation of Facts to gain a deferred examination is a serious breach of the Code of Student Behaviour. If granted, the deferred final exam will be held from 9:00 to 12:00 (registration 8:30) on Saturday, January 13, 2018, CAB 357.
A student who writes the final examination and fails the course may apply for a re-examination. Re-examinations are rarely granted in the Faculty of Science. These exams are governed by University (Calendar section 23.5.5) and Faculty of Science Regulations (Calendar section 192.5.3). Misrepresentation of Facts to gain a re-examination is a serious breach of the Code of Student Behaviour.
The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University. All forms of dishonesty are unacceptable at the University. All forms of dishonesty are unacceptable at the University. Any offense will be reported to the Senior Associate Dean of Science who will determine the disciplinary action to be taken. Cheating, plagiarism and misrepresentation of facts are serious offenses. Anyone who engages in these practices will receive at minimum a grade of zero for the exam or paper in question and no opportunity will be given to replace the grade or redistribute the weights. As well, in the Faculty of Science the sanction for cheating on any examination will include a disciplinary failing grade (NO EXCEPTIONS) and senior students should expect a period of suspension or expulsion from the University of Alberta.
Electronic equipment cannot be brought to the examination rooms. Cell phones are to be turned off during lectures, labs and seminars. Cell phones are not to be brought to exams. Audio or video recording, digital or otherwise, of lectures, labs, seminars or any other teaching environment by students is allowed only with the prior written consent of the instructor or as a part of an approved accommodation plan. Student or instructor content, digital or otherwise, created and/or used within the context of the course is to be used solely for personal study, and is not to be used or distributed for any other purpose without prior written consent from the content author(s).

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