Non parametric statistics

lstat2140  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Non parametric statistics
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
4 credits
15.0 h + 5.0 h
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At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The students will obtain knowledge about the basic concepts of nonparametric statistical inference. They will learn about elementary nonparametric testing procedures. They will be able to use these nonparametric procedures for analyzing real data, and this by using, for example, statistical software packages.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
  • Hypothesis tests concerning location and dispersion of a population, given an i.i.d. sample
  • Detection of differences in location and/or dispersion between two populations
  • Goodness-of-fit tests for checking whether an unknown distribution belongs to a given parametric family of distributions, or equals a specific parametric distribution
  • Measures of association between two (or more) random variables
  • The use of order statistics and rank statistics in nonparametric estimation and testing procedures
Teaching methods
During the lectures we will explain for each of the statistical procedures the following : the motivation behind a test statistic, how to obtain the distribution of the test statistic under the null hypothesis, and how to construct the testing procedure. The aim is to get insight into nonparametric testing procedures and to learn about the different aspects of such procedures. At the end of the course the students have to work through some course work (a project) that will allow them to get more familiar with the use of nonparametric methods in practical applications, when for example analyzing real data.
  • Gibbons, J.D. (1971). Nonparametric Statistical Inference. McGraw-Hill, New York.
  • Hollander, M. et Wolfe, D.A. (1999). Nonparametric Statistical Methods. Second Edition. Wiley, New York.
  • Lehmann, E.L. (1998). Nonparametrics: Statistical Methods Based on Ranks. Revised First Edition. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
  • Maritz. J.S. (1995). Distribution-free Statistical Methods. Second Edition. Chapman and Hall, New York.
  • Mouchart, M. et Simar, L. (1978). Méthodes nonparamétriques. Recyclage en statistique, volume 2. Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique.
  • Randles, R. et Wolfe, D. (1979). Introduction to the Theory of Nonparametric Statistics. Wiley, New York.
Teaching materials
  • syllabus disponible à la DUC
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Mathematics

Master [120] in Statistic: Biostatistics

Certificat d'université : Statistique et sciences des données (15/30 crédits)

Master [120] in Statistic: General

Master [120] in Economics: General