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SurvMeth 740

Fundamentals of Inference
Instructor(s): Yan Li and James Wagner
Term: Fall
3 credits

This course is one of the fundamental 3 courses required by all students in the Master’s Program in Survey Methodology, and focuses on the fundamentals of statistical inference in the finite population setting.

The course is design to overview and review fundamental ideas of making inferences about populations.  It will emphasize the basic principles of probability sampling; focus on differences between making predictions and making inferences; explore the differences between randomized study designs and observational studies; consider model-based vs. design-based analytic approaches; review techniques designed to improve efficiency using auxiliary information; and consider non-probability sampling and related inferential techniques.

Prerequisites: SurvMeth 685/686 or Biostat 601/602, or Survey 615/616