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Bayesian Statistics

Tue 7 May, Tue 21 May 2024


The purpose of this course is to familiarise students with the basic concepts of Bayesian theory. It is designed to provide an introduction to the principles, methods, and applications of Bayesian statistics. Bayesian statistics offers a powerful framework for data analysis and inference, allowing for the incorporation of prior knowledge and uncertainty in a coherent and systematic manner.

Throughout this course, we will cover key concepts such as Bayes' theorem, prior and posterior distributions, likelihood functions, and the fundamental differences between Bayesian and frequentist approaches. You will learn to formulate and estimate statistical models, update beliefs using new data, and make informed decisions based on the posterior probabilities generated through Bayesian inference. By the end of this course, you will possess the necessary skills to perform Bayesian data analysis, interpret results, and apply Bayesian methods in various contexts.

Target audience
  • Postgraduate students and staff
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

Some familiarity with using Stata is recommended. You may wish to take the module Introduction to Stata' before this module.


Number of sessions: 4

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 7 May   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 SSRMP pre-recorded lecture(s) on Moodle Katherine M. Auty
2 Tue 7 May   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 SSRMP Zoom Katherine M. Auty
3 Tue 21 May   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 SSRMP pre-recorded lecture(s) on Moodle Katherine M. Auty
4 Tue 21 May   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 SSRMP Zoom Katherine M. Auty

The module consists of two sessions. Please begin by watching the pre-recorded lecture videos (session 1 and session 2) before attending the first live Zoom event.

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