autumn 2018

STA-2002 Theoretical Statistics - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 25.02.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Science and Technology


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course is included in the study programs Mathematics and Statistics - Bachelor. It may also be taken independent of study program.

Admission requirements

Applicants from Nordic countries: Generell studiekompetanse og følgende spesielle opptakskrav:
Matematikk R1 + R2 og i tillegg enten:

  • Fysikk 1 + 2 eller
  • Kjemi 1+ 2 eller
  • Biologi 1 + 2 eller
  • Informasjonsteknologi 1 +2 eller
  • Geofag 1 + 2 eller
  • Teknologi og forskningslære 1 + 2

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have  some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).

A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website -

Application code: 9336 (Nordic applicants).

Course content

This course builds on STA-1001 Statistics and probability with a thorough discussion of statistical methods and principles (sufficiency, power-optimality, exponential classes, maximum likelihood, Bayesian estimation).

Recommended prerequisites

STA-1001 Probability and statistics

Objectives of the course

The candidate shall:
  • obtain thorough knowledge and understanding of the statistical principles and concepts sufficiency, power-optimality, exponential classes, maximum likelihood, Bayesian estimation.
  • be able to apply these concepts to solve problems.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction and the syllabus is English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 40 h
Coursework: 30 h


Written final exam of 4 hours duration, counting 100 %.

Assessment scale: Letter grades A-F.

Postponed examination: Students with valid grounds for absence will be offered a postponed examination early in the following semester.

For further details see:
- Utfyllende bestemmelser for eksamener ved Fakultet for naturvitenskap og teknologi (only in Norwegian)
- Regulations for examinations at the University of Tromsø

Coursework requirements
A passing grade is required on the mandatory homework sets for permission to take the exam

Date for examination

Written test 27.11.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

S-201 Advanced statistics 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Syllabus for STA-2002 Theoretical Statistics, autumn 2018

Textbook: Casella, G. og Berger, R. L.: Statistical Inference, Second Edition, 2002 Duxbury

Chapter 1:    1.1 - 1.6.
Chapter 2:    2.1 - 2.4.
Chapter 3:    3.1 - 3.6.
Chapter 4:    4.1 - 4.7.
Chapter 5:    5.1 - 5.3, 5.5.
Chapter 6:    6.1 - 6.3.
Chapter 7:    7.1 - 7.3.
Chapter 8:    8.1 - 8.3.
Chapter 9:    9.1 - 9.3.
Chapter 10: 10.1, 10.3, 10.4.


Elvebakk, Georg

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