Fall 2018 - STAT 852 G100

Modern Methods in Applied Statistics (4)

Class Number: 3054

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    TASC2 8500, Burnaby

    We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 2104, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    STAT 830 and STAT 853 or permission of instructor.



An advanced treatment of modern methods of multivariate statistics and non-parametric regression. Topics may include: (1) dimension reduction techniques such as principal component analysis, multidimensional scaling and related extensions; (2) classification and clustering methods; (3) modern regression techniques such as generalized additive models, Gaussian process regression and splines.


Final Presentations will be held on Dec 11th, 1:00-5:00, in SSB 7172

Course Outline:

  1. Problems with high dimensions,
  2. Variable selection: stepwise, shrinkage, LASSO, and penalized likelihood
  3. Modern regression techniques: Splines, trees, generalized additive models
  4. Ensemble learning methods
  5. Classification and clustering methods
  6. Dimension reduction techniques: Principal components and multidimensional scaling


  • Assignments 50%
  • Projects 50%


Above grading is subject to change.

Final Presentations: To be announced



The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction (2nd ed.) by Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani, Jerome Friedman. Publisher: Springer

Book is available on-line through the SFU Library

eBook: ISBN 978-0-387-84858-7
Hardcover: ISBN 978-0-387-84857-0


Modern Multivariate Statistical Analysis: Regression, Classification, and Manifold Learning. by Alan J. Izenman. Publisher: Springer

Book is available on-line through the SFU Library

eBook: ISBN 978-0-387-78189-1
Hardcover: ISBN 978-0-387-78188-4

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