Academic Year 2020/21, Term 1
Department of Mathematics, The University of Manchester

The course starts 5th October 2020 and runs for 11 weeks (no break).

Teaching staff:

Lecturer: Korbinian Strimmer

Overview and syllabus:

The MATH38161 module is an introductory course in Multivariate Statistics and Machine Learning for third year mathematics students. It is designed to run over the course of 11 weeks in six parts, each covering a particular aspect of multivariate statistics and machine learning:
  1. Multivariate random variables and estimation in large and small sample settings (W1 and W2)
  2. Transformations and dimension reduction (W3 and W4)
  3. Unsupervised learning/clustering (W5 and W6)
  4. Supervised learning/classification (W7 and W8)
  5. Measuring and modelling multivariate dependencies (W9)
  6. Nonlinear and nonparametric models (W10, W11)

The presentation of the material focuses on concepts and methods. In the worksheets the practical implementation and application in R of the methods is explored.

Flipped classroom:

The course is taught based on the principle of "flipped learning":

Course materials:

See also the MATH38161 UoM library reading list To get started, download the learning plan, the lecture notes and worksheets: To help you understand the lecture notes view the associated lecture videos online: Further information such as coursework instructions, previous exam papers, feedback to students etc. is available on Blackboard.

Dates and location:

The synchronous live sessions take place at the following dates and locations:

Session Time slot (location) Term week
Review session: tba 1-11
Tutorial session: tba 1-11
Office hour: tba 1-11

Coursework and exam:

There is one take-home coursework worth 20% that consists of data analysis in R and writing of a corresponding statistical report, preferably in R Markdown. The written exam (2 hours) is worth the remaining 80% and is concerned with theory and methods.

Assessment Date Term week
Course work (20%): Announced Friday 20 November 2020, 12 noon
Submission Friday 4 December 2020, 12 noon
7 and 9
Exam (80%): January 2021, tba exam period

The coursework task will be made available on Blackboard two weeks before the due deadline. The expected amount of time to complete the coursework is 10h.

Frequently asked questions and comments:

I hope you enjoy the course. If you have any questions, comments, or corrections please contact the lecturer. First check the MATH38161 FAQ whether your question has already been asked and answered before!