Checking date: 11/08/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Bayesian Inference
Master in Statistics for Data Science (Plan: 386 - Estudio: 345)


Department assigned to the subject: Statistics Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Experience with classical statistical methods.
The main course objectives are: 1. Understand fundamental concepts of probability relevant to Bayesian Statistics. 2. Compare and contrast the Frequentist and Bayesian approaches to statistical inference. 3. Learn about conjugate distributions and their significance in Bayesian analysis. 4. Develop proficiency in computational methods used for Bayesian estimation. 5. Gain knowledge in Regression and Linear Models within a Bayesian framework. 6. Explore Generalized Linear Models (GLMs) from a Bayesian perspective. 7. Study Bayesian clustering techniques for data analysis and pattern discovery. 8. Learn about Nonlinear Regression and its application in Bayesian modeling.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Basic concepts of probability related with Bayesian Statistics 2. Frequentist vs. Bayesian approach 3. Conjugate distributions 4. Computational methods for Bayesian estimation 5. Regression and Linear Models 6. Generalized linear models 7. Bayesian clustering 8. Non linear regression
Learning activities and methodology
Learning activities: Theoretical lessons Exercises Practical lessons in class using the computer Individual project Teaching methodologies: Presentations of the professor in class with computing and visual media, where the professor develops the mail concepts of the subject and provides bibliography supplementing the knowledge of students. Solving practical case studies, problems, etc., proposed by the professor either individually or in groups
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Jeff Gill. Bayesian Methods A Social and Behavioral Sciences Approach Third Edition . CRC Press.
Additional Bibliography
  • Bolstad, W.M.. Introduction to Bayesian statistics. Wiley.
  • Box, G.E. and Tiao, G.C.. Bayesian inference in statistical analysis. Wiley.
  • Chen, M-H. Monte Carlo methods in bayesian computation. Springer.
  • Congdon, P.. Applied Bayesian modelling. Wiley.
  • D' Agostini, J.. Bayesian reasoning in data analysis : a critical introduction. World Scientific.
  • Dey, D.K. and Rao, C.R.. Bayesian thinking : modeling and computation. Elsevier.
  • Gamerman, D.. Markov chain Monte Carlo : stochastic simulation for Bayesian inference. Chapman & Hall.
  • Gilks, W., Richardson, S. and Spiegelhalter, D.J.. Markov chain Monte Carlo in practice. Chapman and Hall.
  • Robert, C.P.. The Bayesian choice : from decision-theoretic foundations to computational implementation (2nd edition). Springer.

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