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# Statistics

## Introduction

Statistics is a discipline in its own right and a fundamental tool for investigation in all fields of scientific endeavour. Its importance is increasing as society relies more on knowledge and information. Statistics uses mathematical analysis to make inference about the process from which the data were collected, using relationships in the data.

## Why study Statistics at UNE?

A decision to study statistics is often motivated by the need to expand career horizons.

Because the choice to study statistics can be made at the outset, in midstream, or at the end of a person’s professional life, flexibility in the mode of delivery and guidance through our units is important. The University of New England has a long and distinguished tradition in providing a choice of modes so that students can attend lectures and tutorials on campus in Armidale, or work on units from home, keeping in regular contact with academic staff. Statistics residential schools also provide an opportunity for external students to engage with the lecturer in an intensive overview of unit material during a scheduled three-to-four day visit in Armidale.

Class sizes in statistics from second year on tend to be relatively small, so students can receive a high level of one-to-one attention from lecturers and tutors.

The picturesque rural environment of Armidale has great potential for anyone seriously committed to mathematics and statistics study, and offers a variety of outdoor activities. Armidale is also a regional centre for the Arts and Music.

## Courses

Statistics units may be included in the following courses.

Bachelor honours
Bachelor of Science with Honours

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Science

## Units

Year 1
MATH102 Integral Calculus, Differential Equations and Introductory Statistics

Year 2
STAT260 Probability and Simulation
STAT261 Inference
PMTH212 Multivariable Calculus
PMTH213 Linear Algebra
AMTH250 Introduction to Scientific Computation

Year 3
STAT354 Distribution Theory and Inference
STAT356 Linear Models
STAT357 Design and Analysis of Experiments
BINF350 Bioinformatics
STAT300 Statistical Modelling
COMP389 Databases

Honours
STAT503 Spectral methods
STAT504 Mixed Models

## Careers

Statisticians are in great demand. Starting salaries have remained above the median graduate starting salary for at least the last 25 years. Past graduates have found employment with starting salaries above \$45,000. Graduates in Statistics from this department have found employment in a number of areas: CSIRO, Australian Bureau of Statistics, NRMA, Universities, Survey Companies (eg Gallup Poll), Banks and Insurance Companies, biotechnology companies, health research units.

## Partnerships, networks and industry links

Statisticians at UNE have industry links with AgresearchNZ, NSW DPI, Australian Synchrotron.

## Cross institutional study

UNE has arrangements with the University of Southern Queensland and University of Newcastle for cross institutional sharing of units. This usually occurs when a student wishes to study a special topic.

## Research

Image analysis, Parallel computing in Statistics, pasture plant breeding.

## Contacts

Associate Professor Robert Murison
Convenor of Statistics
Email: rmurison@turing.une.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 6773 2544