Checking date: 19/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Advanced Regression and Prediction
Study: Master in Statistics for Data Science (345)

Coordinating teacher: MEILAN VILA, ANDREA

Department assigned to the subject: Statistics Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Become familiar with different analytical tools, based on data, to make business decisions Capacity to develop skills to analyze and find relationships between many variables/features Relax some of the assumptions in classical linear regression Deal with the curse of dimensionality in high-dimensional problems Acquire knowledge about the main tools in advanced predictive tools and handle the R language with those models
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction. 1.1. Motivating examples. 1.2. Linear regression: a brief review. 1.3. Extensions of linear models. 2. Non-linear relationships. 2.1. Introduction. 2.2. Tranformations. 2.3. Interactions. 2.4. Polynomial regression. 2.5. Non-linear regression models. 3. Generalized regression models. 3.1. Introduction. 3.2. Model formulation and estimation. 3.3. Inference for model parameters. 3.4. Model selection. 3.5. Model diagnostics. 3.6. Extensions. 4. Regularization methods. 4.1. Introduction. 4.2. Ridge regression. 4.3. LASSO regression. 4.4. Elastic Net. 4.5. Selection of tuning parameters. 5. Dimension reduction methods. 5.1. Introduction. 5.2. Principal component regression. 5.3. Partial least squares. 6. Ensemble methods. 6.1. Introduction. 6.2. Boosting. 6.3. Bagging. 6.4. Stacking.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures: the contents of the course will be introduced, explained and illustrated with examples. Teaching materials will be provided on Aula Global. Computer Labs: Examples and cases studies with the R language.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • G. James, D. Witten, T. Hastie and R. Tibshirani. An Introduction to Statistical Learning with Applications in R. Springer. 2013
  • Kevin P. Murphy. Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective. The MIT Press. 2012
  • Machine Learning with R. Brett Lantz. Packt Publishing. 2015

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.