• Offered by Rsch Sch of Finance, Actuarial Studies & App Stats
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Statistics
  • Areas of interest Actuarial Studies, Finance, Statistics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Dale Roberts
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This research-led course provides an introduction to recent developments in Random Matrix Theory and Online Learning that addresses the challenges and opportunities posed by the availability of large amounts of data.

In the first instance, we will review some classic results from multivariate statistical theory, matrix analysis, and probability theory. Then we will present the salient statistical features of big data (e.g., heterogeneity, noise accumulation, spurious correlation, and incidental endogeneity) and show how this impacts on traditional statistical methods and theory.

We follow with an introduction to modern Random Matrix theory and its application in statistics. Applications presented may include topics such as high-dimensional statistical inference, large covariance matrices, large-scale statistical learning through subsampling, sparsification of large matrices, principal component analysis, and dimension reduction.

We conclude with an introduction to the theory of online learning (aka. sequential prediction) to handle the situation of streaming data.

The weekly 2-hour lectures will be accompanied by a 1-hour practical workshop where students will use and learn about the latest computational tools to work with big and streaming data sets. Example data sets may be drawn from areas such finance, web analytics, digital marketing, and satellite imagery data.

Indicative Assessment

Typical assessment may include, but is not restricted to: homework sets and a final exam.

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Students are expected to commit at least 10 hours per week to completing the work in this course. This will include at least 3 contact hours per week and up to 7 hours of private study time.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed all of: (STAT2001 or STAT2013) and (STAT2008 or STAT2014 or STAT3008) and (MATH1113 or MATH1014 or MATH1116).

Assumed Knowledge

Students are recommended to have completed or be enrolled in STAT3040



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8518 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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