- Class Number 3276
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Xuan Liang
- Dr Xuan Liang
- Lucy Hu
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
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.
Additional Course Costs
Students will need a non-programmable scientific calculator.
Examination Material or equipment
Examination material and condition will be notified to all students via wattle and the examinations office.
The ebook can be found on ANU library https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b6852478. The ANU Library has been requested to make hard copies of this book available as a 2 hour or 2 day loan.
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.
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 . (Freely available from http://moderndive.com )
Students will be given feedback (through both verbal and written comments) in the following forms in this course:
• To the whole class during lectures.
• Within tutorials.
• Individually during consultation hours.
Students will also be given online quiz feedback on Wattle and written comments in the marked assignments.
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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.
Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.
Your final mark for the course will be based on the raw marks allocated for each of your assessment items. However, your final mark may not be the same number as produced by that formula, as marks may be scaled. Any scaling applied will preserve the rank order of raw marks (i.e. if your raw mark exceeds that of another student, then your scaled mark will exceed the scaled mark of that student), and may be either up or down.
In assignments and exams, students must appropriately reference any results, words or ideas that they take from another source which is not their own. A guide can be found at https://academicskills.anu.edu.au/resources/handouts/referencing-basics.
STAT2014 shares the same lecture content and assignments with STAT2008, STAT4038, STAT6014 and STAT6038, 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. Contact the convener of the Bachelor of Actuarial Studies if you are unsure whether to enrol in STAT2008 or
|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.||Release of Assignment 1 via Wattle|
|7||Model interpretation continued. Binary Logistic Regression and Model Diagnostics.||Submission of Assignment 1 via Wattle|
|8||ANOVA for multiple regression. Sequential sum of squares. Binomial Logistic Regression, Dummy Variable.|
|9||Qualitative covariates in multiple regression. Poisson Log-linear Regression.||Release of Assignment 2 via Wattle|
|10||Model diagnostics. Outlier detection. Types of residuals. Influence diagnostics. Multicollinearity. Model Diagnostics for Binomial Logistic Regression and Poisson Log-linear Regression.|
|11||Model selection and criteria for comparing models. Gamma Regression and Model Diagnostics.||Submission of Assignment 2 via Wattle|
|12||Course review.||There will be a final exam during the university examination period. More information and instructions regarding final exams will be provided no later than week 10.|
Tutorials will be available on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions, and as pre-recorded videos. Information regarding enrolments for these options will be provided on Wattle during O-week, prior to the start of the semester.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Wattle Quiz||5 %||26/03/2021||26/03/2021||2-3|
|Assignment 1||15 %||20/04/2021||30/04/2021||1-3|
|Assignment 2||15 %||18/05/2021||28/05/2021||1-5|
|Final Examination||65 %||03/06/2021||01/07/2021||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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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Lectures and workshops will be pre-recorded. Consultations will be live through Zoom. Tutorials will be available on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions, and as pre-recorded videos. Information regarding enrolments for these options will be provided on Wattle during O-week, prior to the start of the semester.
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2-3
This quiz is worth 5% of the final raw score and is redeemable. The quiz will be designed to cover materials from Week 1 to Week 4 and be available for a short window in week 5. The notification about access to the quiz will be announced in week 4 during lectures and on Wattle. Under no circumstances will the students be able to attempt the quiz outside of the allocated time period.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1-3
The students are expected to complete this assignment individually. This assignment is designed to cover materials about Simple Linear Regression. It is worth 15% of the final raw score and is redeemable. The assignment and further details will be made available in week 6 during lectures and on Wattle. It will be due on Tuesday in Week 7 after the teaching break. It will involve using R to analyse data from a case study, then organizing and editing the R output and preparing a written report on your analyses, as well as some proofs.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1-5
The students are expected to complete this assignment individually. This assignment is designed to cover materials about Multiple Regression. It is worth 15% of the final raw score and is redeemable. The assignment and further details will be made available in week 9 during lectures and on Wattle. It will be due on Tuesday in Week 11. It will involve using R to analyse data from a case study, then organizing and editing the R output and preparing a written report on your analyses, as well as some proofs.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1-6
This final exam will be based on all the materials covered throughout the duration of the semester. The final examination is a compulsory piece of assessment and worth 65% of the final raw score. Students will be provided with further details regarding the exam no later than week 10. June 3rd is the earliest date the exam can be held.
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The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
There is no hardcopy submission in the course.
No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
The marked assignments will be returned online.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
It will not be possible for assignments to be resubmitted.
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Spatial modeling, panel data, nonparametric and semiparametric modeling, network data modeling, environmental statistics.
Dr Xuan Liang
Dr Xuan Liang