STAT   206. Data Analysis and Statistics for Elementary Education. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Passing score on the PRAXIS I exam. Restricted to students majoring in liberal studies for early and elementary education. Understanding probability, describing data both graphically and numerically, regression/correlation, common distributions and interpretation, item analysis for tests, interpreting test scores and educational studies, experimental design and limitations, comparing results using t-tests. This course relies heavily on using a graphing calculator as a data-analysis tool. Students may receive credit toward graduation for only one of STAT   206, STAT   208, STAT   210, STAT   212 or SCMA   301.

STAT   208. Statistical Thinking. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 1.5 laboratory hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: satisfactory score on the VCU Mathematics Placement Test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course, or a minimum grade of C in MATH   131, MATH   141, MATH   151, MATH   200 or MATH   201. An exploration of the use of statistics in the world around us through in-depth case studies. Emphasis is on understanding statistical studies, charts, tables and graphs frequently seen in various media sources. Laboratories involve learning activities centered on case studies. Students may receive credit toward graduation for only one of STAT   206, STAT   208, STAT   210, STAT   212, STAT 312 or SCMA   301.

STAT   210. Basic Practice of Statistics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: satisfactory score on the VCU Mathematics Placement Test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course, or a minimum grade of C in MATH   131, MATH   141, MATH   151, MATH   200 or MATH   201. An exception to this policy is made in the case where the stated alternative prerequisite course has been completed at VCU. Designed for students who will likely take another quantitative reasoning course for which statistics may be a prerequisite. Not open to mathematical sciences or computer science majors. Topics include examining distributions, examining relationships, producing data, sampling distributions and probability, introduction to inference. Students may receive credit toward graduation for only one of STAT   206, STAT   208, STAT   210, STAT   212, STAT 312 or SCMA   301.

STAT   212. Concepts of Statistics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: satisfactory score on the VCU Mathematics Placement Test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course, or MATH   151, MATH   200 or MATH   201. Introductory statistics course with an emphasis on descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, probability, normal distributions, t distributions, and statistical inference. Graphing calculators will be used extensively. A core course for mathematical sciences. Students may receive credit toward graduation for only one of STAT   206, STAT   208, STAT   210, STAT   212, STAT 312 or SCMA   301.

STAT   291. Topics in Statistics. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 lecture hours. 1-3 credits. A study of selected topics in statistics. Specific topics may fulfill general education requirements. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics and prerequisites.

STAT   305. Intermediate Statistics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: MATH   200 and STAT   212, or their equivalents. A study of intermediate-level statistical inference procedures, including categorical data analysis, analysis of variance, multiple regression and nonparametric procedures. Students may receive credit toward graduation for only one of STAT   305 or STAT   314.

STAT   309. Introduction to Probability Theory. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: MATH   307 and either MATH   211 or MATH   300. A study of the mathematical theory of probability, including finite and infinite sample spaces, random variables, discrete and continuous distributions, mathematical expectation, functions of random variables and sampling distributions.

STAT   310. Introduction to Statistical Inference. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT   212 and STAT/MATH 309, or permission of instructor. Framework for statistical inference. Point and interval estimation of population parameters. Hypothesis testing concepts, power functions, Neyman-Pearson lemma and likelihood ratio tests. Elementary decision theory concepts.

STAT   314. Applications of Statistics. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 4 lecture hours. 4 credits. Prerequisite: STAT   210 or 212. A study of the concepts and application of statistical methods including: estimation and hypothesis testing for two sample problems; one factor analysis of variance and multiple comparisons; randomized block designs and analysis; inferences on categorical data, including chi-square test for independence for contingency tables; simple linear regression and correlation; multiple linear regression. Special topics include distribution-free (nonparametric) methods in various statistical problems, two factor analysis of variance and the use of a statistical software package for data analysis. Students may receive credit toward graduation for only one of STAT   305 or STAT   314.

STAT   321. Introduction to Statistical Computing. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT   212 and MATH   200 or their equivalents. The application of computers and computing software to statistical concepts using R, SAS and other quantitative software. Topics include data storage and retrieval, data modification and file handling, standard statistical analyses, graphical representations, practical presentation of results.

STAT   391. Topics in Statistics. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 lecture hours. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: because of the changing subject matter to be treated in this course, permission of the instructor is required. A study of selected topics in statistics. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics to be offered each semester and prerequisites.

STAT   403. Introduction to Stochastic Processes. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: MATH   307 and STAT/MATH 309. Introduction to the theory of stochastic processes and their applications. In-depth studies of random variables, conditional probability and conditional expectation. Topics include Markov chains, random walks, Poisson processes, birth and death processes and applications to classical problems (e.g., gambler's ruin, physics, etc.).

STAT   415. Statistical Consulting. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT   305 and STAT   321, or their equivalents. An introduction to the techniques of statistical consulting. Topics include applying statistical concepts to real-world scenarios, dealing with messy data and communicating results.

STAT   421. Applied Statistical Computing Using R. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: MATH   310 and either STAT   305 or STAT   314, or their equivalents. Completion of STAT   321 is strongly recommended. Introduction to object-oriented programming in the R environment for use with statistical analyses. Topics include basic algorithms in R and applications involving random number generation, parametric and non-parametric data analysis and inference, linear models, simulation, and advanced data manipulation.

STAT   422. Structured Problem Solving Using Statistics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: STAT   314, PSYC   214 or MGMT 302, or permission of instructor. Focuses on using analytic frameworks and applying statistics to solve problems in a real-world environment. Topics include discussion of analytical frameworks, problem restatement, divergent/convergent thinking, causal flow diagramming, the matrix method, decision tree analysis, review of sampling, confidence intervals, regression, ANOVA, chi squared tests, as well as applications of these concepts to solve case studies.

STAT   423. Nonparametric Statistics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT   305 and STAT   321. Introduction to statistical estimation and inference methods that require relatively mild assumptions about the underlying population distribution. Topics include classical nonparametric hypothesis testing methods, permutation tests, bootstrap methods and density estimation.

STAT   425. Multivariate Statistics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: MATH   307, MATH   310, STAT/MATH 309, and either STAT   305 or STAT   314. Completion of STAT   421 is strongly recommended. Introduction to multivariate statistical analysis methods. Topics include multivariate probability distributions and their properties, conditional and marginal distributions, multivariate normal distribution, Hotelling’s T2 distribution, multivariate analysis of variance, repeated measures, multivariate regression, principle component analysis, exploratory factor analysis, linear discriminant analysis, cluster analysis, and regression trees. Students will use modern statistical software to perform these analyses.

STAT   435. Industrial Statistics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT   309/MATH 309 and either STAT   305 or STAT   314. Introduction to statistical methods for quality control and process improvement. Topics include special versus common causes of variation, statistical thinking in industrial settings, Shewhart control charts, capability analysis, components of variation, design of experiments and response surface methods. Incorporates use of statistical software.

STAT   441. Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: MATH   201 or equivalent, and a working knowledge of computers. An introduction to applied statistics intended primarily for students in engineering. The fundamental ideas about the collection and display of information, descriptive statistics and exploratory data analysis, elementary probability theory, frequency distributions, and sampling are covered. Other topics include tests of hypotheses and confidence intervals for one and two sample problems; ANOVA; principles of one-factor experimental designs including randomized complete black designs, fixed and random effects and multiple comparisons; correlation and linear regression analysis; control charts; contingency tables and goodness-of-fit. Students may receive degree credit for only one of STAT   441, STAT   543/BIOS   543 or STAT   641.

STAT   443. Regression. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT   305 and STAT   321, or permission of instructor. Completion of MATH   310 is strongly recommended. Introduction to the concepts and methods of linear regression, logistic regression, and other nonlinear regression models. Topics include model development and assumptions, estimation of model parameters, statistical inferences about the regression model, selection of an appropriate model, and diagnostics regarding multicollinearity and influence points. Applications involve the use of a statistical software package.

STAT   475. Time Series. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT   321 and either STAT   305 or STAT   314. Completion of STAT   421 is strongly recommended. Introduction to the modeling of univariate time series data. Topics include simple and exponential moving averages, Brown's double exponential smoothing, Holt-Winters model, autocorrelation, partial autocorrelation, autoregressive integrated moving average models, seasonal autoregressive moving average models, harmonic analysis and time series regression. Students will use modern statistical software to perform these analyses.

STAT   508. Introduction to Social Statistics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 laboratory hours. 3 credits. Introduction to statistical methods applicable in a variety of settings, with emphasis on nonexperimental data. Data description and analysis including chi-square and t-tests, using a statistical computing package. Not applicable toward M.S. in Mathematical Sciences or Computer Science. Crosslisted as: SOCY   508.

STAT   513. Mathematical Statistics I. 3 Hours.

Continuous course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MATH   307. Probability, random variables and their properties, distributions, moment generating functions, limit theorems, estimators and their properties; Neyman-Pearson and likelihood ratio criteria for testing hypotheses. Crosslisted as: BIOS   513.

STAT   514. Mathematical Statistics II. 3 Hours.

Continuous course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: STAT   513/BIOS   513. Probability, random variables and their properties, distributions, moment generating functions, limit theorems, estimators and their properties; Neyman-Pearson and likelihood ratio criteria for testing hypotheses. Crosslisted as: BIOS   514.

STAT   543. Statistical Methods I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: graduate standing, or one course in statistics and permission of instructor. Basic concepts and techniques of statistical methods, including: the collection and display of information, data analysis, and statistical measures; variation, sampling and sampling distributions; point estimation, confidence intervals and tests of hypotheses for one and two sample problems; principles of one-factor experimental design, one-way analysis of variance and multiple comparisons; correlation and simple linear regression analysis; contingency tables and tests for goodness of fit. Students may receive degree credit for only one of STAT 541 STAT   543/BIOS   543 or STAT   641. STAT   543/BIOS   543 is not applicable toward the M.S. degree in mathematical sciences or the M.S. degree in computer science. Crosslisted as: BIOS   543.

STAT   544. Statistical Methods II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: one of STAT   314, 541 or 543 or an equivalent. Advanced treatment of the design of experiments and the statistical analysis of experimental data using analysis of variance (ANOVA) and multiple-regression. Includes the use of a statistical software package for data analysis. Crosslisted as: BIOS   544.

STAT   546. Linear Models. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT   513 and one applied course in statistics, or permission of instructor. A study of the theory underlying the general linear model and general linear hypothesis. Topics include the general linear model for quantitative responses (including multiple regression, analysis of variance and analysis of covariance), binomial regression models for binary data (including logistic regression and probit models) and Poisson regression models for count data (including log-linear models for contingency tables and hazard models for survival data).

STAT   591. Topics in Statistics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Course open to qualified undergraduates. Selected topics in statistics.

STAT   608. Statistics for Social Research. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 laboratory hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: STAT/SOCY   508 or SOCY 214 or permission of instructor. Statistical methods applied in social research. Topics include analysis of variance, correlation and regression, including stepwise methods, and the analysis of discrete data. Study of a statistical package, emphasizing manipulation of survey data sets. Not applicable toward M.S. in Mathematical Sciences or Computer Science. Crosslisted as: SOCY   608.

STAT   613. Stochastic Processes. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 3 lecture hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisite: graduate status in mathematical sciences or systems modeling and analysis, or permission of instructor. Introduction to the theory and applications of stochastic processes. Random walks, Markov processes, queuing theory, renewal theory, birth-death and diffusion processes. Time series, spectral analysis, filter, autocorrelation.

STAT   614. Stochastic Processes. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 3 lecture hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisite: graduate status in mathematical sciences or systems modeling and analysis, or permission of instructor. Introduction to the theory and applications of stochastic processes. Random walks, Markov processes, queuing theory, renewal theory, birth-death and diffusion processes. Time series, spectral analysis, filter, autocorrelation.

STAT   621. Nonparametric Statistical Methods. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: any two courses of statistics or permission of instructor. Estimation and hypothesis testing when the form of the underlying distribution is unknown. One-, two- and k-sample problems. Tests of randomness, Kolmogorov-Smirnov tests, analysis of contingency tables and coefficients of association. Crosslisted as: BIOS   621.

STAT   623. Discrete Multivariate Analysis. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: graduate status in mathematical sciences or systems modeling and analysis, or permission of the instructor. Methods for the analysis of categorical data, including logistic regression and the general log-linear model. Emphasis on social and biomedical applications of these techniques using SPSS and SAS software.

STAT   625. Applied Multivariate Analysis. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: graduate status in mathematical sciences or systems modeling and analysis, or permission of instructor. Multivariate statistics is a study of dependent random variables. This course covers methods for analyzing continuous multivariate data, such as numerical and graphical summary of multivariate observations, principal component analysis, factor analysis, classification and discrimination, canonical correlation analysis, and cluster analysis. Students will learn the motivation behind these methods, how to implement them in statistical software packages and how to interpret the results.

STAT   626. Complex Sampling Designs and Variance Estimation. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT   544 and 514. The analysis of data from surveys that use multistage samples, and connections to the analysis of observational studies and experiments with missing data. Computer intensive methodologies such as the jackknife and bootstrap will be introduced and applied to the problem of variance estimation in these diverse settings.

STAT   636. Machine Learning Algorithms. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: graduate status in mathematical Sciences, systems modeling and analysis, decision sciences and business analytics, or computer science, or permission of the instructor. Includes an in-depth analysis of machine learning algorithms for data mining, equipping students with skills necessary for the design of new algorithms. Analyses will include framing algorithms as optimization problems and a probabilistic analysis of algorithms. Students will be exposed to current areas of research in the construction of data mining algorithms. Crosslisted as: OPER   636.

STAT   641. Applied Data Analysis. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: completion of a multivariate calculus course. Experience with mathematics or statistics software is strongly recommended. Introduction to applied data analysis intended primarily for graduate students in mathematical sciences and engineering. Topics include the fundamental ideas of descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory, statistical inference including tests of hypotheses and confidence intervals, ANOVA, principles of experimental design, correlation and linear regression analysis, categorical data analysis, and quality control. Focus is on the practical side of implementing these techniques using statistical software packages. Students may receive degree credit for only one of STAT   441, STAT   543/BIOS   543 or STAT   641.

STAT   642. Design and Analysis of Experiments I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: graduate status in mathematical sciences or systems modeling and analysis, or permission of instructor. An introduction to the design and analysis of experiments. Topics include the design and analysis of completely randomized designs, one variable block designs, the family of Latin square designs and split-plot designs. Introductions are also given to multiple comparison procedures and contrasts, analysis of covariance and factorial experiments. Applications involve the use of a statistical software package.

STAT   643. Applied Linear Regression. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MATH   200-201, STAT   212 and MATH   310 or equivalents. An introduction to the concepts and methods of linear regression analysis. Topics include simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, the impact of model misspecification, model selection criteria, residual analysis, influence diagnostics, diagnostic plots, multicollinearity, transformations and response surface methodology. Applications involve the use of a statistical software package.

STAT   645. Bayesian Decision Theory. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: STAT   514 or equivalent. Presents statistical decision theory and Bayesian analysis, with discussions of loss functions, risk, utility, prior information; conjugate families; posterior distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing; empirical and hierarchical Bayes analysis; and robustness.

STAT   648. Systems Reliability Analysis. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: graduate status in mathematical sciences or systems modeling and analysis, or permission of the instructor. An introduction to engineering reliability and risk analysis, specifically failure data analysis, maintenance problems, system reliability and probabilistic risk assessment. Applications in computer science and engineering will include stochastic characterization of wear in hardware systems and the development of failure models for software systems. Decision problems such as the optimal maintenance of repairable systems and optimal testing policies for hardware and software systems will be examined. The analysis of risk through fault trees, event trees and accident precursor analysis also will be discussed. Crosslisted as: OPER   648.

STAT   649. Statistical Quality Control. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: graduate status in mathematical sciences or systems modeling and analysis, or permission of the instructor. Demonstrates how statistics and data analysis can be applied effectively to process control and management. Topics include the definition of quality, its measurement through statistical techniques, variable and attribute control charts, CUSUM charts, multivariate control charts, process capability analysis, design of experiments, and classical and Bayesian acceptance sampling. Statistical software will be used to apply the techniques to real-life case studies from manufacturing and service industries. Crosslisted as: OPER   649.

STAT   650. Design and Analysis of Response Surface Experiments. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 lecture hours. Prerequisite: graduate status in mathematical sciences or systems modeling and analysis, or permission of the instructor. Philosophy, terminology and nomenclature for response surface methodology, analysis in the vicinity of the stationary point, canonical analysis, description of the response surface, rotatability, uniform information designs, central composite designs and design optimality. Crosslisted as: BIOS   650.

STAT   675. Time Series Analysis I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: graduate status in mathematical sciences or systems modeling and analysis, or permission of instructor. Analysis of data when observations are not mutually independent, stationary and nonstationary time series, ARIMA modeling, trend elimination, seasonal models, intervention analysis, transfer function analysis, prediction and applications in economics and engineering.

STAT   690. Research and Communications Seminar. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: 9 graduate credits in operations research (OPER) and/or statistics (STAT) and permission of the instructor. Designed to help students attain proficiency in professional and academic communication and research in the context of statistics and operations research. The course focuses on the discipline-specific communication and research skills necessary to excel in careers or graduate studies in these disciplines. Crosslisted as: OPER   690.

STAT   691. Special Topics in Statistics. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 lecture hours. 1-3 credits. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A detailed study of selected topics in statistics.

STAT   696. Applied Project. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours (to be arranged). 1-3 credits. A total of three credits will be applied to the M.S. in Mathematical Sciences (operations research or statistics concentration). Can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: STAT/OPER   690 or permission of the faculty adviser. Designed to allow students to apply concepts and theories learned in other courses to a practical situation. Includes the selection, written description, completion and written report of the project and a presentation of the findings. Students may not receive credit for both OPER/STAT   696 and OPER/STAT   698. Crosslisted as: OPER   696.

STAT   697. Directed Research. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-3 credits per semester. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Supervised individual research and study in an area not covered in the present curriculum or in one that significantly extends present coverage. Research culminates with an oral presentation and submission of a written version of this presentation to the supervising faculty member.

STAT   698. Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

Hours to be arranged. 1-3 credits. A total of 3 or 6 credits may be applied to the M.S. in Mathematical Sciences/Statistics. (A total of 3 credits for an expository thesis or a total of 6 credits for a research thesis.) May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Independent research culminating in the writing of the required thesis as described in this bulletin. Grade of "S," "U" or "F" may be assigned in this course.

STAT   725. Advanced Multivariate Statistical Methods. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT   625 and STAT   643. This course emphasizes statistical analysis, methodology and theory in modern statistical learning. A variety of multivariate statistical methods, algorithms and software tools will be introduced, with emphasis on conceptual, theoretical and computational aspects. Topics include regularized regression (linear/nonlinear), classification, clustering, sufficient dimension reduction and high dimensional data analysis. Applications involve the use of a statistical software package.

STAT   736. Mathematics of Knowledge and Search Engines. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: STAT 541 or equivalent. Investigates the mathematics, methods and algorithms for searching for and extracting structures of interest (knowledge) from large and possibly high-dimensional datasets. The motivation is the rapid and phenomenal growth of the search engine (as demonstrated by Google) as a major tool for search on the Internet, which has impacted commerce, education and the study of social, financial and scientific datasets. The development of the mathematical and statistical learning algorithms behind these search engines has led to advances in how large, high-dimensional datasets can be effectively analyzed for the extraction of knowledge. Crosslisted as: OPER   736.

STAT   742. Design and Analysis of Experiments II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: STAT   642. Advanced study of the design and analysis of experiments. Topics include the design and analysis of incomplete block designs, factorial designs, fractional factorial designs, asymmetric factorial designs, blocking in fractional factorial designs, nested designs and response surface designs. Applications involve the use of a statistical software package.

STAT   744. Regression II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: STAT   643 or equivalent. Theoretical development and advanced applications of the general linear regression model and nonlinear regression models. Topics include an overview of multiple linear regression, generalized least squares and weighted regression, procedures for diagnosing and combating multicollinearity, advanced model selection criteria, influence diagnostics including multiple observation diagnostics and singular value decomposition, nonlinear regression, Poisson regression, logistic regression, generalized linear models and the exponential family, variance modeling and nonparametric regression. Applications involve the use of a statistical software package.

STAT   745. Advanced Bayesian Statistics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT   546 and STAT   645 or permission of instructor. Introduces modern aspects of Bayesian methodology. Numerical and sampling techniques such as the Gibbs sampler, importance sampling resampling, Monte Carlo integration, Metropolis-Hastings sampling and adaptive sampling methods. Inferential methods including model selection, highest probability models, Bayesian model averaging, Markov chain Monte Carlo model composition. A large portion of the course will survey the current literature in the areas listed above as well as applications of the methods.

STAT   746. Spatial Data Analysis. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: STAT   513 and STAT   643 or permission of instructor. The course will introduce graphical and quantitative analysis for spatial data. Topics include data on fixed-grids, point-referenced data, lattice data, point-pattern data and experimental design for spatial data collection. Students will be expected learn how to program in appropriate software packages.

STAT   791. Special Topics in Statistics. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 lecture hours. 1-3 credits. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisitie: permission of instructor. A detailed study of selected advanced topics in statistics.