Statistical Principles for the Biological Sciences, Fall 2016

Here you will find all lectures posted ahead of time, typed in pdf.  I will go over the material in class mostly using the chalkboard and the computer from time to time.  In my experience, students that get the most out of the class read the coming lectures BEFORE coming to class, pay attention and write notes from the board in class (writing the material actually helps our brain process it) and review what they wrote in their notebooks.  

Week
Monday Lecture Wednesday Lecture Friday Lecture Lab programs Assignments
Week 1 8/22-8/26

Introduction: Genetics of quantitative traits and the Central Limit Theorem

Simple mark recapture experiment and the binomial distribution (pdf notes pages 3-5)

Maximum Likelihood and the estimation of the total population size for a simple mark recapture experiment (sampling with replacement -notes pages 3-5) Mark recapture experiment 2.0: The hypergeometric distribution, sampling without replacement and ML estimation (pdf notes pages 6-7) -Profile Likelihood estimation

HW 1

Week 2

8/29-9/2

-Motivating question: If both estimators are identical, which model is better? Sampling without replacement or sampling with replacement?

Ans (pages 8-14): Use what you learned from the appendix about expected values!!!!

-Expected values: algebraic manipulations for expected values. Page 69-72 of the class notes

 

-Variances and covariances

-Conclude week by stating that literally ALL the inferential tools from this point on are special forms of expected values!!! We need to learn Expectations well!

-lab before due date:

Q&A session where I will work one on one (or in groups)!!

Week 3

9/5-9/9

Holiday, no class HW 1 due today in class HW 2

Week 4

9/12-9/16

Week 5

9/19-9/23

Week 6

9/26-9/30

HW 2 due today in class HW 3

Week 7

10/3-10/7

Week 8

10/10-10/14

HW 3 due today in class

Homecoming

No class

(Don’t drive around campus, just walk or bike!)

HW 4

Week 9

10/17-10/21

Week 10

10/24-10/28

HW 4 due today in class HW 5

Week 11

10/31-11/4

Week 12

11/7-11/11

HW 5 due today in class Holiday, no class HW 6

Week 13

11/14-11/18

Week 14

11/21-11/25

HW 6 due today in class HW 7

Week 15

11/28-12/2

Week 16

12/5-12/9

HW 7 due today in class

Finals week

12/12-12/16