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Statistical Theory


Lecturer Prof. Felix Abramovich (
Teaching Assistant Iman Jaljuli (
Lecture Hours Sunday 15-18, Schreiber 6
Exercises Wednesday 14-16, Schreiber 6

Prerequisites: Probability
Course Requirements: homework's average grade is 10% of the final grade; a student has to submit at least 10 homework exercises to get it


  1. Introduction
    • statistical models
    • likelihood function
    • sufficient statistic
    • exponential family of distributions
  2. Parameter Estimation
    • maximum likelihood estimation
    • the method of moments
    • criteria for estimators, mean squared error
    • unbiased estimators
      • Fisher information
      • Cramer-Rao inequality
      • Rao-Blackwell theorem
  3. Confidence Intervals
  4. Hypotheses Testing
    • introduction, basic concepts
    • simple hypotheses, Neyman-Pearson lemma
    • composite hypotheses, uniformly most powerful tests
    • generalized likelihood ratio tests
    • statistical inference for normal samples
      • one- and two-sample t-tests
      • χ 2 test for variance
      • comparison of variances ( F-test)
    • hypotheses testing and confidence intervals
    • sequential Wald test
  5. Large-Sample Theory
    • convergence in mean and in probablity
    • consistency of estimators
    • asymptotic normality
    • asymptotic distribution of maximum likelihood estimators, Wald asymptotic confidence intervals and tests
    • score (Rao) asymptotic confidence intervals and tests
    • asymptotic distribution of generalized likelihood ratio, Wilks' theorem
    • tests for goodness of fit and independence
  6. Bayesian Inference
    • introduction, basic concepts
    • Bayes' theorem, prior and posterior distributions
    • Bayes estimation, credible sets and hypotheses testing


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