ST 790 - Advanced Statistical Computing (Spring 2016)

Course Information

Time / Location: M W 1:30pm - 2:45pm; 1108 SAS Hall

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Instructor: Eric Chi

TA: Shushan Liang

Prerequisite: ST 758 or equivalent experience. Students should be fluent in at least one of R, MATLAB, Python, or Julia. Students should also have a solid foundation in real analysis, linear algebra, and multivariate calculus.

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Course Overview & Goals

This course will cover selected topics in statistical computing, with special attention to current research and recent developments in statistics and machine learning. The course is going to be a mix of practice (i.e. programming) and theory (e.g. KKT conditions, proving convergence of iterative methods, etc.) of numerical optimization as applied to statistical estimation.

Throughout the course students will implement algorithms in R and add them into a personal R package.

The final project is intended to serve as a conference paper submission and/or the contents of a dissertation chapter.

Course Materials

Course materials, including lecture notes, homework, and the discussion forum, will be available at