Statistics (M.S.)  Graduate  2011 University Catalog
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The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a Master of Science degree in Statistics and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics with a Statistics concentration. The Department of Computer Science offers the Master of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in Applied Statistics. The degrees with concentrations in statistics are discussed under degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science respectively. The MS in Statistics has been developed for students interested in becoming practitioners of statistics, who are trained in statistical methodology. The programs emphasize the foundations and concepts of statistics as well as the new and developing areas of statistics. Though the applications of statistical sciences are emphasized, the theoretical foundations are presented as well. Specifically, students are prepared for professional work in the design and analysis of statistical models, development and analysis of statistical models, data analytic techniques and the associated computational methods, and statistical computing. The curriculum is designed to allow students to develop the skills needed to achieve positions in the many pharmaceutical, chemical, health services, public service and consumer product corporations and other industries that require significant research and development efforts as well as data analysis. Through the accessibility of computers and the availability of powerful statistical software to analyze huge data sets, the use of statistical methods has now become quite widespread in many industries.
The MS in Statistics is of interest to undergraduate mathematics majors looking for challenging career paths that apply their problem solving skills to important social, health, medical and business issues; undergraduate statistics majors who feel the need to expand their knowledge; people currently working as statistical assistants; people trained in biology, chemistry, physics or medicine who are involved in the analysis of experiments; and computer scientists who are involved in data analysis.
Our statistics faculty is active at the national and local level of professional societies and consult for Fortune 500 companies. Occasionally we bring in statistical scientists from local telecommunications or pharmaceutical firms to present courses on special topics in new and developing areas of statistics.
The Statistical Consulting Program, housed in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, offers the campus community and offcampus clients statistical advice in the design of experiments and studies as well as the analysis and interpretation of the results. This program also offers MS students the opportunity to obtain applied experience by becoming involved in the data collection, analysis and interpretation of ongoing projects. In addition, our proximity to the pharmaceutical industry permits students the exciting option of an applied industrial experience, working under the supervision of a practicing statistician and a Graduate Program Coordinator.
Students and faculty in the Department have access to stateoftheart interactive computing environments for data analysis and data graphics. The SAS Application System and SPlus are available on a Sun Local Area Network of workstations and servers consisting of an Enterprise 450, SparcServer 1000, Ultra 30, Ultra 10's, Sparc 20's, and Sparc 5's. Minitab and the IMSL math/stat libraries run on a VAX cluster which consists of DEC VAX 7620, 6610, 7620, 6310, 3500, 4000, 3500 microVAX II with four LSI/11 micros connected to it, and two ALPHA 2100. These VAX's may be accessed from the VAX laboratory that contains a variety of DEC terminals or via the MSUnet from numerous remote sites. A wide variety of PC software (such as JMP, MacSpin, Data Desk, Solo, Statistix) is available in our PC laboratories filled with Power Macintoshes and Dell Pentiums. Other software is described under Mathematics and/or Computer Science. The network of Sun workstations and servers and VAX cluster are connected to other computers via a campuswide ethernet which allows access to our statistical software from throughout the campus and from offcampus dialin. MSUnet, an Ethernet Local Area Network, extends to most of the campus buildings and links to the Internet allowing communications to colleges and universities, research centers, libraries and databases around the world.
STATISTICS
Complete 33 semester hours including the following 4 requirement(s):

REQUIRED CORE COURSES
Complete the following 18 semester hours: . If equivalent of STAT 541 has been taken previously, see department for substitution.
STAT 541 Applied Statistics 3 STAT 542 Statistical Theory I 3 STAT 543 Statistical Theory II 3 STAT 544 Statistical Computing 3 STAT 547 Design and Analysis of Experiments 3 STAT 548 Applied Regression Analysis 3 
STATISTICAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES

Complete 3 semester hours from the following list
STAT 640 Biostatistics I 3 STAT 646 Multivariate Analysis 3 STAT 648 Advanced Statistical Methods 3 
Complete 9 semester hours from the following list
STAT 545 Practicum in Statistics I 3 STAT 546 NonParametric Statistics 3 STAT 549 Sampling Techniques 3 STAT 640 Biostatistics I 3 STAT 641 Biostatistics II 3 STAT 642 Introduction to Stochastic Processes 3 STAT 645 Advanced Topics in Statistics 3 STAT 646 Multivariate Analysis 3 STAT 647 Practicum in Statistics II 3 STAT 648 Advanced Statistical Methods 3 STAT 649 Independent Study in Statistics 3 STAT 698 Master's Thesis 3 STAT 699 Master's Thesis Extension 1


COMP SCI, MATH and/or STAT ELECTIVES
Complete 3 semester hours from the following: .

CULMINATING EXPERIENCE
Complete one of the following options:

THESIS OPTION
Complete STAT 698 as a Statistical or Other Elective. Submit thesis hardcopy to Graduate Adm & Support Services.

NONTHESIS OPTION
Successfully complete the Comprehensive Examination.

Course Descriptions:
CMPT578: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
An introduction to artificial intelligence including representations of knowledge, problem solving, games, heuristics and backtracking, expert systems, theorem proving, the language LISP and PROLOG. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: CMPT 583 and permission of graduate coordinator.
CMPT583: Computer Algorithms
Algorithms: definition, design and analysis; sorting and searching techniques and introductory dynamic programming studied as algorithms with complexity theory and optimization techniques applied. Required of majors. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: Permission of graduate coordinator.
CMPT586: File Structures and Databases
Secondary storage devises. Data transfer. Primary and secondary access methods. Sequential and random access methods. File design. File organizations and corresponding processing. File maintenance. Sorting large files. Databases concepts. Required of majors. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: Permission of graduate coordinator.
CMPT589: Computer Simulation of Discrete Systems
Introduction to simulation and discrete simulation models. Queuing theory and stochastic processes. Simulation methodology including generation of random numbers and variates, design of simulation experiments, analysis of data generated by simulation experiments and validation of models. Survey of current simulation languages and selected applications. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: CMPT 580, permission of graduate coordinator.
CMPT590: Computer Simulation of Continuous Systems
Computer simulation of continuous systems with emphasis on conservation principles and governing equations, numerical treatment of systems of algebraic and differential equations, the use of software packages and simulation languages, verification and validation techniques, and interpretation and presentation of results. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: CMPT 580, permission of graduate coordinator.
CMPT592: Data Base Design and Implementation
To develop indepth understanding of data base concepts and issues. The major emphasis of the course is on the conceptual (logical) organization, retrieval, and manipulation of data. Required of majors. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: CMPT 586, permission of graduate coordinator.
CMPT593: Structured System Design and Analysis
A study of the design of large scale computer systems relative to the constraints imposed by hardware, software and particular types of applications. Recent work in automated system design will be discussed. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: CMPT 586, and permission of graduate coordinator.
CMPT594: Software Engineering and Reliability
Principles and methods for the analysis, design, implementation, testing, and verification of software systems. Topics include requirements analysis, domain analysis, implementation, testing, verification, and software management. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: Permission of graduate coordinator.
CMPT683: Advanced Computer Algorithms
Dynamic programming, game trees and backtracking techniques, branch and bound, polynomial evaluation and fast Fourier transform algorithms; complexity and analysis, and optimization techniques will be applied. NPhard problems and NPcompleteness. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: CMPT 583, and permission of graduate coordinator.
MATH540: Probability
Sample spaces and events, combinatorial analysis, conditional probability and stochastic independence, random variables and probability distributions, expected value and variance, probability generating functions, continuous random variables. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 340 and permission of graduate program coordinator.
MATH560: Numerical Analysis
Error analysis, interpolation and approximation theory, numerical solution of linear and nonlinear equations, numerical differentiation and integration, numerical solution of differential equations. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 335, and permission of graduate program coordinator.
MATH568: Applied Mathematics: Continuous
Formulation, manipulation and evaluation of mathematical models of continuous systems. Topics selected from: conservation principles and the classical equations of mathematical physics, applications of the qualitative and quantitative theory of ordinary and partial differential equations, optimization, calculus of variations, stability theory, stochastic models. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 335, and 340, and 420, and 425, and permission of graduate program coordinator.
MATH569: Applied Mathematics: Discrete
Introduction to the basic ideas of discrete mathematics and its applications. Counting principles, permutations, combinations, algorithms, complexity, graphs, trees, searching and sorting, recurrence relations, generating functions, inclusionexclusion, the pigeonhole principle, chromatic number, eulerian chains and paths, hamiltonian chains and paths, flows in networks, finite Markov chains. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 335, and 340, and 425, and permission of graduate program coordinator.
MATH580: Combinatorial Mathematics
Arrangements and selections, binomial coefficients, Stirling numbers, generating functions, recurrence relations, inclusionexclusion, Polya enumeration formula, combinatorial graph theory, combinatorial geometries. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 222 and graduate program coordinator's permission.
MATH584: Operations Research
An indepth study of one or at most two topics in operations research, selected from linear programming and game theory, linear and nonlinear programming, queuing theory, inventory theory, simulation models. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 425 and STAT 440 and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT541: Applied Statistics
Review of estimation and hypothesis testing for one sample and two sample problems; introduction to nonparametric statistics and linear regression; fundamental principles of design, completely randomized design, randomized block design, latin square, and 2 factor design. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 330 or STAT 443 and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT542: Statistical Theory I
Discrete and continuous probability distributions, multivariate distributions, sampling theory, transformations, Chisquared, 'F' and 't' distributions. Point estimation, properties of estimators, sufficiency, exponential families, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, power, NeymanPearson Lemma, likelihood ratio tests. The impact of the above theory on areas such as regression analysis, analysis of variance and analysis of discrete data. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 541 and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT543: Statistical Theory II
Discrete and continuous probability distributions, multivariate distributions, sampling theory, transformations, Chisquared, 'F' and 't' distributions. Point estimation, properties of estimators, sufficiency, exponential families, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, power, NeymanPearson Lemma, likelihood ratio tests. The impact of the above theory on areas such as regression analysis, analysis of variance and analysis of discrete data. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 542 and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT544: Statistical Computing
Computer systems for data analysis and data graphics, and intermediate level statistical methodology are investigated. Several statistical computing packages are utilized and evaluated. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 541 or STAT 548, and CMPT 183, and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT545: Practicum in Statistics I
An applied experience in which students work with practitioners in industry, government or research organizations utilizing statistical techniques in a research setting. Students will work with statisticians on projects involving experimental design and data collection as well as the analysis and interpretation of the data. May be repeated once. () 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 541, STAT 544, and STAT 547 or STAT 548, and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT546: NonParametric Statistics
Selected distributionfree tests and estimation techniques including sign, KolmogorovSmirnov, Wilcoxon signed rank, MannWhitney, Chisquare, rank correlation, Kendall's Tau, KruskalWallace, Friedman, McNemar, and others. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 330 and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT547: Design and Analysis of Experiments
Fundamental principles of design; fixed, random and mixed models; factorial designs; designs with restricted randomization; splitplot design; confounding; fractional replication; experimental and sampling errors. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 541 or STAT 548, and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT548: Applied Regression Analysis
Fitting equations to data; matrices, linear regression; correlation; analysis of residuals; multiple regression; polynomial regression; partial correlation; stepwise regression; regression and model building; regression applied to analysis of variance problems; introduction to nonlinear regression. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 330 or STAT 443, and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT549: Sampling Techniques
Sampling and survey methodology; basic sampling theory; simple, stratified, random, cluster, systematic and area sampling. Sampling errors and estimation procedures. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 330 or STAT 443, and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT552: Intermediate Statistics Methods
Followup to introductory statistical methods course. Principles of statistical inference; categorical data analysis; one and twoway anova; multiple linear regression; nonparametric methods; bootstrap methods. Examples from a wide variety of disciplines. Statistical software is used. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 330, permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT561: Statistical Data Mining I
Introduction to the concepts and applications of a variety of data mining methods. Data mining is the process of selecting, exploring, and modeling large amounts of data to uncover previously unknown patterns in the data. Statistical methods covered include classification and regression trees, predictive modeling, and unsupervised learning. Handson applications to data sets from diverse fields. Statistical software is used. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 541 or STAT 548 or equivalent, permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT562: Statistical Data Mining II
Continuation of STAT 561. An indepth approach to the topics of STAT 561 including logistic regression, decision trees, classifier theory, predictive modeling and unsupervised learning methods. Mathematical details of these techniques as well as the computational methods for their implementation. Handson applications to data sets from diverse fields. Statistical software is used. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 548 and STAT 561, permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT570: Statistical Consulting
An introduction to the statistical and interpersonal issues that arise in statistical consulting. Topics include communicating with scientists in other disciplines, technical writing and presentation, and statistical tools for consulting. Lectures center around real case studies presented by the instructor and invited speakers. Statistical software is used. Emphasis of the course is on the scientific, statistical, computational, and communication skills that a statistical consultant needs for interacting effectively with researchers from a wide range of disciplines. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 541 or equivalent, permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT595: Topics in Statistics
Topics such as exploratory data analysis, statistical graphics, statistical quality control and statistical quality assurance, Bayesian methods and Markov chain monte carlo studies. May be repeated twice for a total of 9.0 credits. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: Permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT597: Research Methods in Statistical Science
Preparation for research in statistical science. Application of mathematics and computing science to the development, modeling, validation and evaluation of statistical research methods. Identification of statistical issues in real world problems and novel applications of statistical methods to these problems. Development of research proposals in statistical science. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STST 552 or equivalent and departmental approval.
STAT640: Biostatistics I
Fundamental statistical concepts and methods used by statistical scientists in the health, biological, medical and pharmaceutical industries. Categorical data analysis, logistic regression, generalized linear models, nonparametric regression techniques. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 544, STAT 547, STAT 548, and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT641: Biostatistics II
Fundamental statistical concepts and methods used by statistical scientists in the health, biological, medical and pharmaceutical industries. Survival analysis and designs for clinical trials. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 544, STAT 547, STAT 548, and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT642: Introduction to Stochastic Processes
Generating functions, convolutions, recurrent events, random walk models, gambler's ruin problems, Markov chains and processes, time dependent stochastic processes, queuing theory and epidemic models. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 540 and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT645: Advanced Topics in Statistics
Recent developments in statistical science. Topics such as data mining, statistical genomics, computationally intensive dataanalytic methods, statistical consulting, dynamic statistical graphics and visualization, applied time series analysis. May be repeated with no limit as long as the topic is different. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: Permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT646: Multivariate Analysis
Analysis of multiple response variables simultaneously; covariance and the multivariate normal distribution; manova, discriminant functions; principle components and canonical correlations. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 541, STAT 548 and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT647: Practicum in Statistics II
An applied experience in which students work with practitioners in industry, government or research organizations utilizing advanced statistical techniques in a research setting. Students will be expected to exhibit the ability to work independently on projects involving advanced techniques in experimental design, analysis and interpretation of data. May be repeated once. () 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 542, STAT 545, at least one 600level course, and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT648: Advanced Statistical Methods
Advanced statistical concepts and methods used by statistical scientists in the analysis of designed experiments and observational studies. Response surface methodology, analysis of covariance, the general linear model, the cell means model and the analysis of variance of unbalanced or messy data. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 544, STAT 547, STAT 548, and permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT649: Independent Study in Statistics
Independent study under the direction of a faculty member, offering the opportunity to pursue topics in statistics which may be outside the scope of regular curricular offerings or may be an extension of an existing course or courses. Approval must be obtained from the graduate coordinator and faculty advisor. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits during the graduate program. () 3 sh.
Prerequisites: Permission of graduate program coordinator and departmental approval.
STAT698: Master's Thesis
Independent study under faculty adviseent. Students must follow the MSU Thesis Guidelinies, which may be obtained from the Graduate School. Students should take STAT 699 if they do not complete STAT 698 within the semester. () 3 sh.
Prerequisites: Permission of graduate program coordinator.
STAT699: Master's Thesis Extension
Continuation of Master's Thesis project. Thesis extension will be graded IP (In Progress) until thesis is completed, at which time a grade of Pass or Fail will be given. Course may be repeated. () 1 sh.
Prerequisites: STAT 698, permission of graduate program coordinator.