This unit presents a range of advanced statistical and data analysis techniques used in the marine sciences for students with an existing background in quantitative analysis. The course covers concepts of generalised linear models (GLMs), generalised additive models (GAMs), Bayes rules, bayesian versus frequentist interpretation, Markov chain Monte Carlo fundamentals, hierarchical models, bootstrap, permutation and cross validation tests. An introduction to time series and spectral analysis is given covering correlation, lags, interpolation and filtering techniques, spatial analyis methods (principal component analysis, empirical orthogonal functions, optimal interpolation). The lecture material is complemented by practical sessions primarily using the software package R, with exercises using oceanographic, fisheries, and other relevant data sets.
|Unit name||Data Analysis Methods|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|Oceans and Cryosphere|
|Coordinator||Doctor Jan Jansen|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Explain the concepts and principles used in advanced statistical analysis
- Select and apply appropriate data analysis techniques to problems in marine and Antarctic science.
- Interpret and report the output of marine and Antarctic science related statistical data analyses.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
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The unit is a 6-day intensive program spread across two weeks, with each day consisting of lectures, a lectorial and practical presentations.
|Assessment||Main report - outline (10%)|Short report (20%)|Daily Quiz (30%)|Main report - full report (40%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
There is no compulsory reading for the unit. For some topics supplementary reading material with be provided in addition to the lecture slides, for those that seek a deeper understanding of the material.
No single text covers all the material in this course, but the possible supplemental texts for some topics will be suggested throughout the laboratories.
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