STATS 485 - Capstone Seminar
Section: 002
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Statistics (STATS)
Department: LSA Statistics
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prior or concurrent enrollment in STATS 426 and STATS 413. Restricted to Statistics or Data Science majors in their final year of study, or Statistics honors students in their junior year.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.

The capstone seminar builds on students’ substantial statistical backgrounds to provide a broader and deeper understanding of statistical theory and practice. Specific topics vary by instructor, but generally include sophisticated examples of statistical methods being used to address challenging applied research problems. In addition, the seminar explores how statisticians develop new statistical methods, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of existing statistical methods. In most offerings, a set of scientific papers involving non-elementary data analysis methods will be discussed in detail. In addition, one or more review papers from the statistical theory and methods literature will be discussed.

Course Requirements:

Instructors will have flexibility to set course requirements and grading policies. The work demanded of students should be comparable to a traditional 3 credit hour course. As an example, an appropriate level of work would be to write an extended (5-10 page) data analysis or methodologic investigation, 3-5 short reviews or summaries of course readings, and to prepare and deliver a 15 minute presentation. A fraction of the coursework will be group-based, but individual performance is emphasized. Attendance and class participation will be particularly important.

Intended Audience:

The capstone seminar is intended for statistics majors in their final year of study. Permission of department required.

Class Format:

The majority of the class time will be in instructor-led discussion and presentations by students, supplemented by some formal lectures that introduce new examples and unfamiliar ideas.

STATS 485 - Capstone Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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