STK9050 – Statistical simulations and computation
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Statistical analysis of real world systems and models will typically require computer intensive methods. The course starts with a study of modern Monte Carlo methods, including Markov chain Monte Carlo, and variance reduction methods. Such methods are useful within Bayesian analysis and simulation based inference like bootstrapping and Monte Carlo tests. Maximization of likelihoods is another important numerical problem. The course covers several statistical optimization methods (such as Fisher-scoring and EM-algorithm) as well as general optimization methods.
During the course you will learn how to apply Monte Carlo and other types of numerical methods for analyzing complex models where the simple numerical methods can not be applied. You will learn both the theoretical basis for these methods as well as how to apply them.
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
Recommended previous knowledge
10 credits overlap with STK4050 – Statistical simulations and computation (discontinued)
The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the department for more information if necessary.
3 hours of lectures/exercises per week.
1-2 compulsory assignments may need to be passed within given deadlines to be allowed to take the final exam.
In addition, each phd student is expected to give a one hour oral presentation on a topic of relevance (chosen in cooperation with the lecturer). The presentation has to be approved by the lecturer for the student to be admitted to the final exam.
Depending on the number of students, the exam will be in one of the following four forms:
1.Only written exam
2.Only oral exam
3.A project paper followed by a written exam.
4.A project paper followed by an oral exam/hearing.
For the latter two the project paper and the exam counts equally and the final grade is based on a general impression after the final exam. (The two parts of the exam will not be individually graded.)
What form the exam will take will be announced by the teaching staff within October 15th for the autumn semester and March 15th for the spring semester.
Examination support material
Permitted aids at the exam if written: Approved calculator.
Oral exam: No aids permitted.
Language of examination
Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
This subject offers new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. Deferred examinations for students who due to illness or other valid reason of absence were unable to sit for their final exams will be arranged at the same time. (These valid reasons has to be documented within given deadlines.)
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.