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BIOS 735: Statistical Computing Michael Wu Lecture 1 August 23, 2011
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“Statistical Computing” vs. “Computational Statistics”?
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Why am I teaching this class? I Because Michael K. asked me to. I It’s important. I Computing plays a huge part in what we do, but traditionally, we teach only what is “needed”. I Computing is as fundamental as mathematics – the “third leg” of biostatistics. I Computing must be used transparently to express ideas correctly and efficiently. I Goals: reduce computing from being an obstacle or focus when doing analyses.
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What you will NOT learn I Computer science I C or Fortran I Hardware and networking
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What you get out of this class I Computing from a statistical perspective I Improved understanding of R and how to make R faster I Statistical software development capability I Knowledge of important computational statistics methods I Facility in using computing to solve problems in your own research and in collaborative projects
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Course Information
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Class Details I Meeting Times: I Tue. 23 Aug. 2011 through Tue. 6 Dec. 2011. I Lectures: Tue, Thu 12:30-1:45pm, Hooker Center 0003. I No recitation. I Teaching Staff: I Instructor: Michael Wu, [email protected], Office Hours: Tue. 1:45pm – 2:45pm, Hooker Center Atrium. I Grading Assistant: Baiming Zou, [email protected], Office Hours: TBD I Course Webpage: http://www.bios.unc.edu/ ˜ mwu/bios735 I Handouts I Lecture Notes I Assignments I Links to resources
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Content I Purpose: I Intended for Ph.D. students in Biostatistics I
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