STATS 485 - Capstone Seminar
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Statistics (STATS)
Department: LSA Statistics
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Enforced Prerequisites:
STATS/DATASCI 413 and senior standing.
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 and data science majors in their final year of study. 

Class Format:

The class will combine instructor-led discussion and formal lectures.


STATS 485 - Capstone Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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