Postgraduate Course: Bayesian Theory (MATH11177)
|School||School of Mathematics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will provide the underlying theory for Bayesian statistics. Students will understand the role of the prior distribution and be able to formulate a posterior distribution (up to proportionality). They will also be exposed to the ideas of summarising posterior distributions and associated statistics. The underlying theory of Markov chain Monte Carlo will be introduced (Metropolis-Hastings and Gibbs sampler) with associated issues of implementation.
1. Bayes theorem (discrete and continuous)
2. Prior specification
3. Posterior distribution and associated summary statistics (point and interval)
4. Predictive distributions
5. Hypothesis testing (simple and composite hypotheses)
6. Monte Carlo integration
7. Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC): Metropolis-Hastings (MH) and Gibbs sampler
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework 10%, Examination 90%
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Bayesian Theory (MATH11177)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the Bayesian philosophy.
- Ability to specify a prior distribution and derive a posterior distribution (up to proportionality).
- Ability to derive additional related posterior distributions and quantities algebraically.
- Understand the theory of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) and associated implementation issues.
|Bayesian Statistics: An Introduction (4th edition). Lee. Wiley|
Markov chain Monte Carlo: Stochastic simulation for Bayesian Inference (2nd edition). Gamerman and Lopes. CRC Press
Bayesian Data Analysis (3rd edition). Gelman, Carlin, Stern, Dunson, Vehtari and Rubin. CRC Press
(earlier editions of the above are equally suitable)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||BTh,statistics,Bayesian,Markov chain Monte Carlo
|Course organiser||Prof Ruth King
Tel: (0131 6)50 5947
|Course secretary||Mrs Frances Reid
Tel: (0131 6)50 4883
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