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ACSC12-200: Mathematical Statistics May 2018 [Standard]

General information

This is an intermediate level subject in the theory and practice of statistical inference. It extends STAT11-112 in the areas of probability and distribution theory, discrete and continuous random variables and joint distributional behaviour, as well as introducing principles of likelihood theory, estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. In addition, topics such as moment and cumulant generating functions are introduced, as well as an introduction to random sums and Central Limit Theorem based large-sample distributional approximations.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:ACSC12-200
Subject title:Mathematical Statistics
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Lecture
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Study time and reviewing materials


Prescribed resources:
  • Dennis Wackerly, William Mendenhall, and Richard Scheaer (2007). Mathematical statistics with applications.. 7th, Cengage Learning
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Explain the concepts of probability and calculate probabilities in a variety of scenarios.
  2. Define and derive probability generating functions, moment generating functions and cumulant generating functions and use them to evaluate moments and cumulants and recognise distributions.
  3. Define, apply and undertake calculations relating to basic discrete and continuous distributions.
  4. Explain and apply the concepts of multivariate random variables, and their joint probability distributions.
  5. Describe and apply the main methods of estimation and the main properties of estimators.
  6. Construct and interpret a variety of confidence intervals and test a variety of hypotheses.
  7. Apply simple and basic multiple regression


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Skills Assignment Assignment 1 – Short answer and quantitative calculation problems utilising techniques presented to date 10% Week 4 1, 2, 3, 4.
Skills Assignment Assignment 2 – Short answer and quantitative calculation problems utilising techniques presented after Mid-semester 10% Week 10 5, 6, 7.
Paper-based Examination (Open) Final Examination – Short answer and quantitative calculation problems utilising techniques introduced in the unit (emphasis on those presented after Mid-semester 50% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Paper-based Examination (Open) Mid-semester Examination – Short answer and quantitative calculation problems utilising techniques presented to date. 30% Week 7 (Mid-Semester Examination Period) 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Subject curriculum

A review of descriptive statistics, including numerical and graphical summaries of location, spread and symmetry. Also includes the definition and structure of probability models.

A review of basic probability rules, including conditional probability and Bayes theorem, joint events and independence. The importance and usage of the Law of Total Probability is introduced.

An introduction to random variables, including distributions, moments, percentiles and various generating functions.

Introduces the properties and relationships of common discrete random variables, including binomial, Poisson, negative binomial and hypergeometric.

An exploration of the properties and relationships of common continuous random variables, including normal, log-normal, Cauchy, Student’s t, uniform, exponential, gamma, Weibull, Pareto, beta, Fisher F and Burr. The change of variable method is introduced to facilitate calculations regarding the relationships between various distribution and density functions.

Introduces the structure, definition and properties of joint distributions, marginal distributions and conditional distributions.

Basic distribution theory, including the use convolutions is introduced. Derivation of the density functions of the Student’s t-distribution, beta distribution and Fisher’s F-distribution are also covered. In addition, definition and discussion of the properties of random sums and compound distributions is presented.

Various distributional properties of multivariate normal random variables are presented and the Central Limit Theorem is introduced first via the normal approximation to the binomial distribution with continuity correction and then more generally using cumulant generating functions. In addition, Cochran’s Theorem is introduced.

The concepts of point estimation, including the method of moments and maximum likelihood are explained. The likelihood function is introduced as are the concepts of mean-squared error and loss functions. In addition, the definition and construction of common confidence intervals construction are introduced and applied to maximum likelihood estimators as well as the common settings of one- and two-sample means and proportions.

The structure and properties of hypothesis tests including definitions of size, power, one-sided versus two-sided testing and optimal test structure are considered. These principles are applied to the case of maximum likelihood as well as the common settings of one- and two-sample means and proportions. In addition, the Pearson chi-squared goodness of fit test for a categorical response variable is introduced.

A more formal introduction to simple and basic multiple linear regression including estimating and testing parameters, the coefficient of determination, residual diagnostics and prediction intervals is presented.

Approved on: Jun 6, 2018. Edition: 2.4