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MA641: Advanced Theory of Statistics (Fall 2018)

Calendar Description

This course presents a rigorous development of: point and interval estimation; sufficiency, efficiency, unbiasedness, and consistency. Topics include: maximum likelihood and Bayesian estimation; exchangeability; invariance; decision theory; large sample theory; optimality criteria and most powerful tests; likelihood ratio tests; and robustness.


Permission of the department.


Professor Zilin Wang (PhD)
Office location: LH3047 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., or by appointment.
E: zwang@wlu.ca
Telephone: x2870


Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. in P120 (Peters Building)


There is no required textbook for this course.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA641 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • Assignments: 15%
  • Midterm Test 1 (Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.): 20%
  • Midterm Test 2 (Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.): 20%
  • Final Exam (3 hours, exact date, time and location to be announced): 45%

The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current graduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA641 and is provided for the convenience of students.