- Class Number 3603
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Anton Westveld
- Dr Anton Westveld
- Lucy Hu
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
Regression Modelling for Actuarial Studies is a course in applied statistics that studies the use of regression techniques for examining relationships between variables. Ordinary linear models and generalised linear models are covered. The course emphasizes the principles of statistical modelling through the iterative process of fitting a model, examining the fit to assess imperfections in the model and suggest alternative models, and continuing until a satisfactory model is reached. Both steps in this process require the use of a computer: model fitting uses various numerical algorithms, and model assessment involves extensive use of graphical displays. The R statistical computing package is used as an integral part of the course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the R statistical computing language, particularly the graphical capabilities;
- Fit simple linear regression models and interpret model parameters;
- Summarise and analyse relationships between a response variable and a covariate;
- Summarise and analyse relationships between a response variable and several covariates;
- Assess and refine simple and multiple linear regression models based on diagnostic measures, including identifying outlying and influential data points;
- Carry out model selection in a multiple linear regression modelling context; and,
- Define and describe the features of a Generalised Linear Model (GLM), fit GLM models, assess and refine the models based on diagnostic measures, and interpret model output.
My teaching in this introductory course in statistical modelling will draw on examples from my experience in statistical research and consulting.
Examination Material or equipment
You will also need access to a scientific calculator for the Final Examination.
This year's textbook:
• Applied Linear Regression Models (4th Edition): by Michael H. Kutner, Christopher J. Nachtsheim, John Neter. ISBN: 9780073014661
In order to reduce the cost of purchase, we also made a customised version which can be bought from the Harry Hartog Bookstore on campus:
• Linear Regression 1e (customised print edition) ISBN:9781307350692
• Linear Regression 1e (ebook version). Can be bought here .
There are electronic copies available for loan from the library.
All other required materials will be provided via wattle.
Technology and Software
The application of modern statistical techniques requires familiarity with a statistical computing package. Examples provided in lectures, tutorials, and work related to the assignments will entail the use of the statistical computer packages R and RStudio, which are freely available at www.r - project.org and https : //www.rstudio.com. The program code used for examples provided in lectures and tutorials will be available on the course Wattle site. Note: students will not be able to use any statistical package during the exam.
These are some other textbooks and resources you may find very useful:
• Faraway, Julian J. (2015) Linear Models with R, 2nd Edn, CRC/Chapman & Hall.
• Faraway, Julian J. (2016) Extending the Linear Models with R, 2nd Edn, CRC/Chapman & Hall.
There are multiple copies of these two texts on 2 hour reserve in the ANU Hancock library (Call # QA279.F37 2015) and the ANU Co-op Bookshop has copies available for purchase (cheaper e-book versions or second-hand copies of the first edition readily available, which would be fine).
For students who would like additional help getting started with R, I also recommend:
• Chester Ismay and Albert Y. Kim. (2017) Modern Dive: An Introduction to Statistical and Data Sciences via R. http://moderndive.com
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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Support for Students
The University offers a number of support services for students. Information on these is available online from http : //students.anu.edu.au/studentlife/
Communication via Email
If I, or anyone in the School, College or University administration, need to contact you, we will do so via your official ANU student email address, which you need to check regularly. If you have any questions for the teaching and course convenor make sure you email them using your ANU email address. Emails from personal email accounts will not be answered.
Students are expected to check the Wattle site for announcements about this course, e.g. changes to timetables or notifications of cancellations.
STAT2014 shares the same lecture content and assignments with STAT2008 and postgraduate cohorts, however these cohorts may have separate tutorials and different assessments. Students in STAT2014 also have some additional lecture content that STAT2008 students are not required to take. The different cohorts of students will also be treated separately in grading and any scaling that is applied.
This course is compulsory for students who enrolled or transferred into the Bachelor of Actuarial Studies in 2019 or later. Contact the convener of the Bachelor of Actuarial Studies if you unsure whether to enrol in STAT2008 or STAT2014.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction. Getting started with R. Simple Linear Regression (revision). Parameter interpretation/estimation.||No tutorials in week 1|
|2||Properties of least squares estimators. ANOVA.|
|3||Hypothesis testing and interval estimation in a SLR context. Prediction intervals.|
|4||Regression diagnostics (residual plots). Outliers and influential observations.|
|5||Scale transformations. Matrix approach to linear regression.||Wattle Quiz|
|6||Introduction to Multiple Regression. Model interpretation and estimation. GLM Introduction, Exponential Family, Maximum Likelihood Estimator.||Assignment 1|
|7||Model interpretation continued (discussion of causality). Binary Logistic Regression and Model Diagnostics|
|8||ANOVA for multiple regression. Sequential sum of squares. Binomial Logistic Regression, Dummy Variable.|
|9||Hypothesis testing, confidence intervals and prediction for multiple regression. Poisson Log-linear Regression.|
|10||Model diagnostics. Outlier detection. Types of residuals. Influence diagnostics. Multicollinearity. Model Diagnostics for Binomial Logistic Regression and Poisson Log-linear Regression||Assignment 2|
|11||Model selection and criteria for comparing models. Gamma Regression and Model Diagnostics.|
|12||Revision for Final Examination.|
Tutorial signup for this course will be done via the Wattle website. Detailed information about signup times will be provided on Wattle or during your first lecture. When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:
1. Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site
2. Click on the link ‘Tutorial enrolment’
3. On the right of the screen, click on the tab ‘Become Member of . . . .’ for the tutorial class you wish to enter
4. Confirm your choice
If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab ‘Leave group. . . .’ and then re-enrol in another group. You will not be able to enrol in groups that have reached their maximum number. Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Wattle Quiz||5 %||23/03/2020||27/03/2020||2-3|
|Assignment 1 (Simple Linear Regression)||15 %||27/03/2020||27/04/2020||1-3|
|Assignment 2 (Multiple Regression)||20 %||15/05/2020||01/06/2020||1-5|
|Final Examination||60 %||04/06/2020||02/07/2020||1-6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2-3
A short quiz will be made available on Wattle for you to complete in week 5. The quiz will be available for three days, and you will have one hour after accessing the quiz to complete it. It must be completed by 23:59 on the due date. More details will be provided during the lectures and on the wattle page. This assessment is not redeemable. The quiz will be automatically marked by Wattle and grades given the day after the quiz finishes.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1-3
Assignment 1 (Simple Linear Regression)
Detailed assignment specifications will be handed out at least three weeks prior to the due dates. Assignments are compulsory and will involve using R to analyse data from a case study, then organising and editing the R output and preparing a written report on your analyses. This assessment is to be completed individually and not redeemable. The assessment will be submitted in Wattle using TurnitIn by 23:59 on the due date and marks/feedback will be given on the 'Return of Assessment Date'.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1-5
Assignment 2 (Multiple Regression)
Detailed assignment specifications will be handed out at least three weeks prior to the due dates. Assignments are compulsory and will involve using R to analyse data from a case study, then organising and editing the R output and preparing a written report on your analyses. This assessment is not redeemable. The assessment will be submitted in Wattle using TurnitIn by 23:59 on the due date and marks/feedback will be given on the 'Return of Assessment Date'.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1-6
This a compulsory piece of assessment which is a three hour written exam to be held during the end of semester examination period. Permitted materials and other
conditions for the Final Examination will be discussed with students and the outcome advised on Wattle. The Final Examination will be centrally timetabled and the
details released via http : //timetable.anu.edu.au/. Further information about the examination will be provided in class and on Wattle closer during Week 11.
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My research interests include Bayesian methodology and theory, network and relational data, game theoretic data, inference (uncertainty quantification) for agent based stochastic computer simulation models, and statistical causality.
Dr Anton Westveld
Dr Anton Westveld