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Programming in statistics

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2018

About the course

In statistics there are often problems that cannot be solved using standard statistical software. In those cases the statistician has to develop special software for the computational work. The course is based on the statistical programming environment R, an implementation of the programming language S, which has grown to be a standard language of computational statistics. The course gives an introduction to R and its use a a standard statistical software program. R-programming is introduced and the incremental (object oriented) mode of working used is emphazised. Special focus is given to simulation and optimisation using R. A number of topics within the area of computer intensive statistical methods are studied, e.g. numerical computation of expected values, maximum likelihood, bootstrapping and the EM algorithm. Methods for linking R with programs written in FORTRAN and C is also discussed.

Application and eligibility

Programming in statistics, 7.5 hp

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Lectures begin on week starting 3 September 2018


Lectures end during the week of 5 November 2018

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Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

Univ: At least 90 credits including at least 60 credits in statistics and/or mathematical statistics, or equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B (English/6).


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Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Application deadline is 16 April 2018.

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As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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