APMA 168 - Nonparametric Statistics-Spring 2010

Instructor: Konstantinos Spiliopoulos

Office: 37 Manning, Room 101
Office Hours: Thursdays 4-5 unless otherwise specified in class
Email: kspiliop_at_dam.brown.edu
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TuTh... 2:30-3:50PM at B+H 158


Required Text: Nonparametric Statistical Methods, Myles Hollander and Douglas A. Wolfe, 2nd Edition
Recommended Text: Practical Nonparametric Statistics, W. J. Conover, 3rd Edition (Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics)

Course Description: Introduction to nonparametric statistics. Non parametric methods require minimal assumptions about the underlying population from which the data are obtained. In particular, non parametric methods work to minimize restrictive assumptions such as normality behind t- and F-tests, and the relationship assumptions behind simple linear regression. At the same time, they are of nearly equal power to the classical alternatives. We will consider theoretical, applied and implementational issues of non parametric statistics. The course will cover most of the material in the book of Hollander and Wolfe.

Prerequisites: APMA 1650 or equivalent.

Computer software: Statistical software will be used in this class. We will use R which can be freely downloaded from R .
R Sites:
R Frequently Asked Questions List
An Introduction to R
Using R for Data Analysis and Graphics

Syllabus (tentative)

I will try to follow the syllabus as closely as possible. However it may change depending on our progress. Any changes will be announced in class and posted here.

Basic commands in R
Bootstrap procedure for section 8.4
R commands and output for chapters 2-9

Homework assingments:
AssingmentDue DateMaterial Covered
Homework 1 Thursday Feb 11thReview of probability and statistics
Homework 2 Tuesday Feb 16th2.4, 2.8, 2.13, 2.16, 2.9, 2.19
Homework 3 Thursday Feb 25th Sections 3.1-3.3
Homework 4 Tuesday March 2nd Sections 3.4-3.6
Homework 5 Tuesday March 9th/16th Chapter 4
Homework 6 Tuesday March 23rd Chapter 5
Homework 7 Tuesday April 6th Chapter 6
Homework 8 Tuesday April 13th Chapter 7
Homework 9 Tuesday April 20th Chapter 8
Homework 10 Tuesday April 27th Chapter 9
Homework 11 Tuesday May 4th Chapter 10

Currently the Exam schedule is as follows:
DateAssignmentMaterial Covered
Thursday March 11 Midterm preliminaries, Chapters 2-4 from the book
May, 18th at 09:00 AM Final

Tentative grading policy: Your grade will be based on :(a) Homework (40%), (b) midterm exam (30%) and final exam (30%). The grading policy may change depending on the progress of the class.

Exam & Homeworks:
Exams: There will be one midterm exam and one final exam. The exam material for each one of the two exams will be announced in class and posted on the webpage of the course. The final exam will concentrate on the material that was taught from the previous test and then. However, I reserve the right to include a couple of questions from the material of the previous exam. Hence, make sure that you have learned from your mistakes.
Homeworks: There will be several homeworks, both theoretical and computational. The due date of each homework will be anounced in class and it will usually be 7-10 days after. Needless to say, you should work on the homework on your own, unless otherwise instructed by me. The computational problems will be done using the statistical package R . A short introduction to R will be given in class. However, as with every programming language, you learn it if you use it. So, make sure to practice yourself. Late homeworks will be heavily penalized.

Make-up policy: Make up exams will be given only in extreme circumstances, and only when accompanied by appropriate documentation. Any student with a valid reason to be given a make up exam must contact me prior to the exam, either by email or in person, and present documentation at the next class session attended.