Spring 2022 - STAT 851 G100

Generalized Linear Models and Discrete Data Analysis (4)

Class Number: 6735

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 5009, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    STAT 830 and STAT 850 or permission of instructor.



The theory and application of statistical methodology for analyzing non-normal responses. Special emphasis on contingency tables, logistic regression, and log-linear models. Other topics can include mixed-effects models and models for overdispersed data.


Course Outline:

1. Analysis of contingency tables
2. Generalized linear models (GLMs)
   a. The exponential family
   b. Link functions
   c. Relationship to linear models
   d. Iterated reweighted least-squares estimation
3. Models for overdispersed data
   a. Quasi-likelihood
   b. Introduction to estimating functions
4. Models for multinomial data
   a. Log-linear models
   b. Ordinal  responses


  • Assignments 40%
  • Midterm 40%
  • Final Project 20%


Above grading is subject to change.



Categorical Data Analysis, 3rd ed. Author: Alan Agresti. Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 978047046365

Generalized Linear Models, 2nd ed. Authors: McCullagh and Nelder. Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9780412317606

An Introduction to Generalized Linear Models, 3rd ed. Authors: Dobson and Barnett. Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781584889502

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