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Viewing: ST 733 : Spatial Statistics

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Change Type
Major
ST (Statistics)
733
020403
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Spatial Statistics
Spatial Statistics
College of Sciences
Statistics (17ST)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Alternate Even Years
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
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Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
ST 810Fall 201213
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
15
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
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Brian Reich
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Prerequisite: ST 552
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No
Introduction to the theory and methods of spatial data analysis including: visualization; Gaussian processes; spectral representation; variograms; kriging; computationally-efficient methods; nonstationary processes; spatiotemporal and multivariate models.

Spatial statistical methods are critical to a wide array of fields, including ecology, atmospheric science, agriculture, and many more.  As a result, spatial statistics remains an active area of research in both methodological and applied statistical research.  Spatial statistics is an area of strength for our faculty and is a popular thesis topic for our students. Currently ST733 enrolls a combination of statistics and non-statistics graduate students.  To accommodate the non-statistics graduate students, instructors emphasize applied aspects of the material at the expense of mathematical and computational aspects.  The proposed revision is to split the course into two separate courses to better serve both groups of students.   A new course (ST533) entitled "Applied Spatial Statistics" has been submitted (in a separate CAF) for the non-statistics graduated students.  This course (ST733) will be renamed "Spatial Statistics" and will be revised to target primarily statistics graduate students.   The most substantial change to the course will be to increase the technical level to be more appropriate for statistics graduate students. 


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This course has been taught as a special topics in the past every two to three years and has been part of a faculty member's regular course load.

Students will learn about the foundations of spatial statistics as well as some practical work with real data.  They will be able to use SAS to conduct most of the analyses .  This course will prepare them to do standard spatial analyses as well as prepare them to write a thesis in spatial statistics.


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:


(1) Use statistical packages (SAS or R) to visualize spatial data; estimate model parameters; and perform spatial prediction


(2) Derive properties (covariance, smoothness, stationarity) of models for spatial and spatiotemporal data.


(3) Identify appropriate statistical model for complex spatial data, and use graphics and statistical tests to justify model choice.


(4) Clearly present the results of an independent research project applying the methods learned in class to real data.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Homework20%
Midterm40%
Project40%
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
(1) Introduction to spatial data analysis (objectives; visualization; map projections)1 week
(2) Gaussian processes (definition; properties; representations such as spectral and convolution)1 week
(3) Stationary covariance functions (Matern covariance; smoothness properties; positive definiteness)1 week
(4) Estimation and prediction (variograms; maximum likelihood; kriging)1 week
(5) Bayesian methods (posterior distributions; MCMC)1 week
(6) Methods for large datasets (low-rank models; likelihood approximations)1 week
(7) Non-Gaussian data (hierarchical models)1 week
(8) Non-stationary covariance functions (deformations; locally-stationary processes)1 week
(9) Spatiotemporal data (separability; Markov models; non-separable models)1 week
(10) Multivariate data (separability; spatial factor analysis)1 week
(11) Areal spatial data (Brooks' Lemma; conditionally autoregressive models; autologistic models)1 week
(12) Special topics (selected by the instructor)3 weeks
We have converted the old applied version of ST 733 to ST 533 (in submission to CIM). The new ST 533 is aimed at graduate students outside the Statistics Department as well as Statistics masters students. This new version of ST 733 includes material previously taught in special topics courses and is aimed at Statistics PhD students.

ghodge 09/11/2015 This CAF should be considered with the new ST 533. Consultation should be provided in the CAF for ST 533 from programs impacted by this change. Hold until CAF for 533 is available, then send to ABGS reviewers.

update 2/17/2016: department still working on CAF for ST 533.

update 10/5/2016: college still working on the CAF for ST 433/533.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-No comments/concerns.
mlnosbis (Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:59:12 GMT): Rollback: This needs to go to 3 reviewers, not ready for the meeting yet.
mlnosbis (Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:04:29 GMT): Rollback: Hold for ST 433/533
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