Statistical Learning and Stochastic Modeling
STAT 539/518 Spring Quarter 2015


539 mailing list

518 mailing list

539 Project Topics

518 Project Topics



Handouts/Course notes



STAT 572 Sp14 Web site

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  • General schedule: 3:30-5:20 in C-301
    Schedule for the first two weeks of classes:
    Tomorrow, Tuesday 3/31: 3:30-5:20 in C-301 (Expectations, organizational meeting)
    Thursday 4/2: joint with STAT 572 1:30-3:20 EEB 042 (How to make a presentation)
    Monday 4/6 (or Wednesday 4/8): Computing tutorial by Kris Shaw "Using the clusters and other high performance computing topics"
    Tuesday 4/8: joint with STAT 572 1:30-3:20 EEB 042 (How to write a research paper, part 1)
    Thursday 4/10 and following lectures: 3:30-5:20 in C-301
  • Mailing lists The mailing lists can/should be used as a discussion forum by all participants. I will send all announcements to both mailing lists. The messages of interest to only one group will not be so many to become annoying.
    "Course" overview The goal of the course is to give you experience with independent research, and to help you prepare for the project prelim (description not updated yet). The class time will be spent in a variety of ways:
    • lectures on research strategy/writing/critical reading/etc
    • presentations by you
    • one-on-one meetings, working in small groups
    • "standard" lectures (no more than 1h, no more than a few) on topics of common interest
  • How to find what you need on this web site: course materials written by me are under Handouts, links to other materials (e.g. tutorials) are under Resources. The list of project papers are under 539 Projects and 518 Projects.

Who is this class for?
This is a project class, intended for PhD students in the Statistics Department who are preparing for their Preliminary Examination in Statistical Learning and Stochastic Modeling. The grade in this class is based on effort on project and project presentation (85%) and participation and timeliness in attaining intermediate project goals (15%).


  • STAT 539 STAT 535 and STAT 538 or STAT 548
  • STAT 518 STAT 516 and STAT 517
  • Ability with a computer programming language (like C, C++, Java or Matlab, Splus, R) at the level of STAT 534

Instructor: Marina Meila

Class meets: Tuesdays/Thursdays 3:30 - 5:20 in C-301

Office hours: TBA

Course home page: (this page)

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