MAS2902 : Stochastic Modelling
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Daniel Henderson
- Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
This module will provide an introduction to ways of mathematically describing processes that exhibit variability. Students will learn about the use of linear models to build statistical descriptions of data and about the use of simple probability distributions to provide useful models for many applications. Students will be able to use regression analysis in some simple cases; they will be able to apply Poisson Processes to model relevant random processes
The module will introduce students to two distinct areas of stochastic modelling. One part will broaden the students' knowledge of statistical inference gained in MAS2901 by introducing the linear model. This will start with a simple regression for a scalar covariate, moving to an introductory treatment of a matrix-based approach for a model with more covariates. The other part will be to use the Poisson process as an example of a model for a process of events occurring randomly in time. The main properties of the homogenous Poisson process will be derived, and necessary tools, such as probability and moment generating functions, will be studied.
Outline Of Syllabus
Simple linear regression, i.e. E(Y) = β0 + β1 x for scalar x with Normal errors with unknown variance. Equivalence of least squares and maximum likelihood. Properties of estimator of β = (β0 β1). Introduction of the general linear model using matrix formulation; demonstration of formula for the estimator of β; use of formula for the variance of the estimator of β but no proof. Examples using regression with two or three continuous covariates.
Introduction to PGFs and MGFs. Formal definition of the homogenous Poisson Process. Distribution of number of events in an interval. Distribution of inter-arrival times and time to nth event. Reinforcement of results using simulation.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||2||1:00||2:00||Revision lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||25||1:00||25:00||Formal lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||6:00||6:00||Revision for class test|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||13:00||13:00||Revision for unseen exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Unseen exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||1:00||1:00||Class test|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||3||1:00||3:00||Problem classes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||4||1:00||4:00||Tutorials in the lecture room|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||23:00||23:00||Studying, practising and gaining understanding of course material|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||3||3:00||9:00||Review of coursework assignments and course test|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||2||6:00||12:00||Preparation for coursework assignments|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures are used for the delivery of theory and explanation of methods, illustrated with examples, and for giving general feedback on marked work. Problem Classes are used to help develop the students’ abilities at applying the theory to solving problems. Tutorials are used to identify and resolve specific queries raised by students and to allow students to receive individual feedback on marked work. In addition, office hours (two per week) will provide an opportunity for more direct contact between individual students and the lecturer.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prob solv exercises||2||M||8||Coursework assignments|
|Prob solv exercises||2||M||7||Course test|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
A substantial formal unseen examination is appropriate for the assessment of the material in this module. The coursework assignments will consist of one written assignment (approximately 3%) and a small project (approximately 5%). The coursework assignments and the (in class) coursework test allow the students to develop their problem solving techniques, to practise the methods learnt in the module, to assess their progress and to receive feedback; these are thus formative as well as summative assessments.