Statistics

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Department of Statistics offers the Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

Master of Arts (MA)

The Statistics MA program prepares students for careers that require statistical skills. It focuses is on tackling statistical challenges encountered by industry rather than preparing for a PhD. The program is for full-time students and is designed to be completed in two semesters (fall and spring).

There is no way to transfer into the PhD program from the MA program. Students must apply to the PhD program.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Statistics PhD program is rigorous, yet welcoming to students with interdisciplinary interests and different levels of preparation. The standard PhD program in statistics provides a broad background in probability theory and applied and theoretical statistics.

There are two designated emphasis (DE) tracks available to students in the PhD program who wish to pursue interdisciplinary work formally: Computational Science and Engineering and Computational and Genomic Biology.

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Admissions

Admission to the University

Minimum Requirements for Admission

The following minimum requirements apply to all graduate programs and will be verified by the Graduate Division:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  2. A grade point average of B or better (3.0);
  3. If the applicant comes from a country or political entity (e.g., Quebec) where English is not the official language, adequate proficiency in English to do graduate work, as evidenced by a TOEFL score of at least 90 on the iBT test, 570 on the paper-and-pencil test, or an IELTS Band score of at least 7 (note that individual programs may set higher levels for any of these); and
  4. Sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the given field.

Applicants Who Already Hold a Graduate Degree

The Graduate Council views academic degrees not as vocational training certificates, but as evidence of broad training in research methods, independent study, and articulation of learning. Therefore, applicants who already have academic graduate degrees should be able to pursue new subject matter at an advanced level without need to enroll in a related or similar graduate program.

Programs may consider students for an additional academic master’s or professional master’s degree only if the additional degree is in a distinctly different field.

Applicants admitted to a doctoral program that requires a master’s degree to be earned at Berkeley as a prerequisite (even though the applicant already has a master’s degree from another institution in the same or a closely allied field of study) will be permitted to undertake the second master’s degree, despite the overlap in field.

The Graduate Division will admit students for a second doctoral degree only if they meet the following guidelines:

  1. Applicants with doctoral degrees may be admitted for an additional doctoral degree only if that degree program is in a general area of knowledge distinctly different from the field in which they earned their original degree. For example, a physics PhD could be admitted to a doctoral degree program in music or history; however, a student with a doctoral degree in mathematics would not be permitted to add a PhD in statistics.
  2. Applicants who hold the PhD degree may be admitted to a professional doctorate or professional master’s degree program if there is no duplication of training involved.

Applicants may apply only to one single degree program or one concurrent degree program per admission cycle.

Required Documents for Applications

  1. Transcripts: Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts with your application for the departmental initial review. If the applicant is admitted, then official transcripts of all college-level work will be required. Official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes as issued by the school(s) attended. If you have attended Berkeley, upload your unofficial transcript with your application for the departmental initial review. If you are admitted, an official transcript with evidence of degree conferral will not be required.
  2. Letters of recommendation: Applicants may request online letters of recommendation through the online application system. Hard copies of recommendation letters must be sent directly to the program, not the Graduate Division.
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency: All applicants from countries or political entities in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and Quebec (Canada). However, applicants who, at the time of application, have already completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better at a US university may submit an official transcript from the US university to fulfill this requirement. The following courses will not fulfill this requirement:
    • courses in English as a Second Language,
    • courses conducted in a language other than English,
    • courses that will be completed after the application is submitted, and
    • courses of a non-academic nature.

If applicants have previously been denied admission to Berkeley on the basis of their English language proficiency, they must submit new test scores that meet the current minimum from one of the standardized tests.

Where to Apply

Visit the Berkeley Graduate Division application page

Admission to the Program

In addition to the minimum requirements listed above, the following materials are required for admission:

1. The Online Graduate Application for Admission and Fellowships:

We require applicants submit both the statement of purpose AND personal history statement.

2.  GRE General Test Scores: The GRE is required of all applicants. The test is composed of three sections. Please send your scores electronically to Institution Code 4833. To be valid, the GRE must have been taken within the past five years.

3.  Descriptive List of Upper Division/Graduate Statistics and Math Coursework: Include the department, course number, title, instructor, grade, school, texts used and subject matter covered for all upper division and graduate level statistics and math courses you have taken. 

The application process is entirely online. All supplemental materials such as transcripts and the descriptive list of courses must be uploaded as PDF files via the online application by the application deadline. Please do not mail copies of your transcripts, statement of purpose, letters of recommendations, GRE and TOEFL scores, resumes, or any other documents as they will not be included with your application.

For more information about graduate programs in statistics, including admission information, please visit our graduate programs page.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Normative Time Requirements

Normative Time to Advancement

In the first year students must perform satisfactorily in preliminary course work. In the summer, students are required to embark on a short-term research project, internship, graduate student instructorship, reading course, or on another research activity.

In the second and third years, students continue to take courses, serve as a graduate student instructor, find an area for the oral qualifying exam, a potential thesis adviser and pass the oral qualifying exam in the spring semester of second year or in the fall semester of third year. With successful passing of the exam, students then advance to candidacy.

Normative Time in Candidacy

In the third and fourth years, students finalize a thesis topic, continue to conduct research and make satisfactory progress.

By the end of the fifth year students are expected to finish their thesis and give a lecture based on their work in a department seminar.

Total Normative Time

Total normative time is five years.

Time in Advancement 

Curriculum

All students are required to take a minimum of 24 semester units of courses in the department numbered 204-272 inclusive for a letter grade. During their first year, students are normally expected to take four semester long graduate level courses. At least three of these should be from the following seven core PhD courses in Probability, Theoretical Statistics, and Applied Statistics:

Courses Required
STAT C205AProbability Theory4
STAT C205BProbability Theory4
STAT 204Probability for Applications4
STAT 210ATheoretical Statistics4
STAT 210BTheoretical Statistics4
STAT 215AStatistical Models: Theory and Application4
STAT 215BStatistical Models: Theory and Application4
STAT Electives from 204-272 (4 courses) - one may be upper division12
STAT 375Professional Preparation: Teaching of Probability and Statistics2-4

A member of the PhD program committee (in consultation with the faculty mentor) may consent to substitute courses at a comparable level in other disciplines for some of these departmental graduate courses. These requirements can be altered by the PhD program committee (in consultation with the faculty mentor) in the following cases:

For students with strong interests in another discipline, when the faculty mentor recommends delaying one core PhD course to the second year and substituting a relevant graduate course from another department.

For students who need additional mathematical preparation, they could take  MATH 105 (and MATH 104, if needed) in the first year, and only take two of the core PhD courses during that year, thus delaying one or two core PhD courses to the second year.

Students arriving with advanced standing, having done successful graduate course work at another institution prior to joining the program.

Preliminary Stage

After the first year in the program, the PhD program committee will decide if the student has passed the preliminary stage of the program or if the decision is reserved until the end of the second year. To continue in the program, students must pass the preliminary stage by the end of their second year. 

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination is intended to determine whether students are ready to enter the research phase and are on track toward successfully completing the PhD. It consists of a 50-minute lecture by the student on a topic selected jointly by the student and the thesis adviser. The topic usually involves the student's research. 

Time in Candidacy 

Advancement 

Advancing to candidacy means a student is ready to write a doctoral dissertation. Students must apply for advancement to candidacy once they have successfully passed the qualifying examination. 

Dissertation Presentation/Finishing Talk

Prior to filing, the thesis should be presented at an appropriate seminar in the department.

Required Professional Development

Students enrolled in the graduate program before fall 2016 are required to serve as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for a minimum of 20 hours (equivalent to a 50% GSI appointment) during a regular academic semester by the end of their third year in the program.

Effective with the fall 2016 entering class, students are required to serve as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for a minimum of two regular academic semesters and complete at least 40 hours prior to graduation (20 hours is equivalent to a 50% GSI appointment for a semester) for a course numbered 150 and above.

Master's Degree Requirements

Unit Requirements

In order to obtain the MA in Statistics, admitted MA students must complete a minimum of 24 units of courses and pass a comprehensive examination.

In extremely rare cases, a thesis option may be considered by the MA advisers. Typically, this will be when either the option has been offered to the student at the time of admission, or if the student arrives with substantial progress in research in an area of interest to our faculty. When taking the thesis option, a total of 20 units is need to complete the degree.

Curriculum

Courses Required
STAT 201AIntroduction to Probability at an Advanced Level4
STAT 201BIntroduction to Statistics at an Advanced Level4
STAT 243Introduction to Statistical Computing4
STAT 230ALinear Models4
STAT 222Masters of Statistics Capstone Project4
Elective4

The capstone will consist of a team-based learning experience that will give students the opportunity to work on a real-world problem and carry out a substantial data analysis project. It will culminate with a written report and an oral presentation of findings. The elective will depend on the student’s interests and will be decided in consultation with advisers.

Capstone/Thesis (Plan I)

If approved for the thesis option, you must find three faculty to be on your thesis committee. Though not required, it is strongly encouraged that one of the faculty be from outside the Statistics Department. Both you and the thesis committee chair must agree on the topic of your thesis. Further information on how to file a thesis is available on the MA program web page

Capstone/Comprehensive Exam (Plan II) 

On the Saturday before the spring semester begins in January, students will take a comprehensive exam on the theoretical foundations of statistics. There will be a two hour exam on the material of STAT 201A and a two hour exam on the material of STAT 201B. All students taking the exam will receive copies of previous examinations. 

Courses

Statistics

STAT 200A Introduction to Probability and Statistics at an Advanced Level 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
Probability spaces, random variables, distributions in probability and statistics, central limit theorem, Poisson processes, transformations involving random variables, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear models, large sample theory, categorical models, decision theory.

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STAT 200B Introduction to Probability and Statistics at an Advanced Level 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
Probability spaces, random variables, distributions in probability and statistics, central limit theorem, Poisson processes, transformations involving random variables, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear models, large sample theory, categorical models, decision theory.

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STAT 201A Introduction to Probability at an Advanced Level 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Distributions in probability and statistics, central limit theorem, Poisson processes, modes of convergence, transformations involving random variables.

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STAT 201B Introduction to Statistics at an Advanced Level 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear models, large sample theory, categorical models, decision theory.

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STAT 204 Probability for Applications 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Fall 2012
A treatment of ideas and techniques most commonly found in the applications of probability: Gaussian and Poisson processes, limit theorems, large deviation principles, information, Markov chains and Markov chain Monte Carlo, martingales, Brownian motion and diffusion.

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STAT C205A Probability Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The course is designed as a sequence with Statistics C205B/Mathematics C218B with the following combined syllabus. Measure theory concepts needed for probability. Expection, distributions. Laws of large numbers and central limit theorems for independent random variables. Characteristic function methods. Conditional expectations, martingales and martingale convergence theorems. Markov chains. Stationary processes. Brownian motion.

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STAT C205B Probability Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The course is designed as a sequence with with Statistics C205A/Mathematics C218A with the following combined syllabus. Measure theory concepts needed for probability. Expection, distributions. Laws of large numbers and central limit theorems for independent random variables. Characteristic function methods. Conditional expectations, martingales and martingale convergence theorems. Markov chains. Stationary processes. Brownian motion.

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STAT C206A Advanced Topics in Probability and Stochastic Process 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
The topics of this course change each semester, and multiple sections may be offered. Advanced topics in probability offered according to students demand and faculty availability.

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STAT C206B Advanced Topics in Probability and Stochastic Processes 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The topics of this course change each semester, and multiple sections may be offered. Advanced topics in probability offered according to students demand and faculty availability.

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STAT 210A Theoretical Statistics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
An introduction to mathematical statistics, covering both frequentist and Bayesian aspects of modeling, inference, and decision-making. Topics include statistical decision theory; point estimation; minimax and admissibility; Bayesian methods; exponential families; hypothesis testing; confidence intervals; small and large sample theory; and M-estimation.

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STAT 210B Theoretical Statistics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Introduction to modern theory of statistics; empirical processes, influence functions, M-estimation, U and V statistics and associated stochastic decompositions; non-parametric function estimation and associated minimax theory; semiparametric models; Monte Carlo methods and bootstrap methods; distributionfree and equivariant procedures; topics in machine learning. Topics covered may vary with instructor.

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STAT 212A Topics in Theoretical Statistics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
This course introduces the student to topics of current research interest in theoretical statistics. Recent topics include information theory, multivariate analysis and random matrix theory, high-dimensional inference. Typical topics have been model selection; empirical and point processes; the bootstrap, stochastic search, and Monte Carlo integration; information theory and statistics; semi- and non-parametric modeling; time series and survival
analysis.
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STAT 212B Topics in Theoretical Statistics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016
This course introduces the student to topics of current research interest in theoretical statistics. Recent topics include information theory, multivariate analysis and random matrix theory, high-dimensional inference. Typical topics have been model selection; empirical and point processes; the bootstrap, stochastic search, and Monte Carlo integration; information theory and statistics; semi- and non-parametric modeling; time series and survival analysis.

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STAT 215A Statistical Models: Theory and Application 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Applied statistics with a focus on critical thinking, reasoning skills, and techniques. Hands-on-experience with solving real data problems with high-level programming languages such as R. Emphasis on examining the assumptions behind standard statistical models and methods. Exploratory data analysis (e.g., graphical data summaries, PCAs, clustering analysis). Model formulation, fitting, and validation and testing. Linear regression and generalizations
(e.g., GLMs, ridge regression, lasso).
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STAT 215B Statistical Models: Theory and Application 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Course builds on 215A in developing critical thinking skills and the techniques of advanced applied statistics. Particular topics vary with instructor. Examples of possible topics include planning and design of experiments, ANOVA and random effects models, splines, classification, spatial statistics, categorical data analysis, survival analysis, and multivariate analysis.

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STAT 222 Masters of Statistics Capstone Project 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The capstone project is part of the masters degree program in statistics. Students engage in professionally-oriented group research under the supervision of a research advisor. The research synthesizes the statistical, computational, economic, and social issues involved in solving complex real-world problems.

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STAT 230A Linear Models 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Theory of least squares estimation, interval estimation, and tests under the general linear fixed effects model with normally distributed errors. Large sample theory for non-normal linear models. Two and higher way layouts, residual analysis. Effects of departures from the underlying assumptions. Robust alternatives to least squares.

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STAT 232 Experimental Design 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2009, Spring 2008
Randomization, blocking, factorial design, confounding, fractional replication, response surface methodology, optimal design. Applications.

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STAT 238 Bayesian Statistics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016
Bayesian methods and concepts: conditional probability, one-parameter and multiparameter models, prior distributions, hierarchical and multi-level models, predictive checking and sensitivity analysis, model selection, linear and generalized linear models, multiple testing and high-dimensional data, mixtures, non-parametric methods. Case studies of applied modeling. In-depth computational implementation using Markov chain Monte Carlo and other techniques. Basic theory
for Bayesian methods and decision theory. The selection of topics may vary from year to year.
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STAT 239A The Statistics of Causal Inference in the Social Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Approaches to causal inference using the potential outcomes framework. Covers observational studies with and without ignorable treatment assignment, randomized experiments with and without noncompliance, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, sensitivity analysis and randomization inference. Applications are drawn from a variety of fields including political science, economics, sociology, public health and medicine.

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STAT 239B Quantitative Methodology in the Social Sciences Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A seminar on successful research designs and a forum for students to discuss the research methods needed in their own work, supplemented by lectures on relevant statistical and computational topics such as matching methods, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and Bayesian, maximum likelihood and robust estimation. Applications are drawn from political science, economics, sociology, and public health. Experience with R is assumed.

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STAT C239A The Statistics of Causal Inference in the Social Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2013
Approaches to causal inference using the potential outcomes framework. Covers observational studies with and without ignorable treatment assignment, randomized experiments with and without noncompliance, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, sensitivity analysis and randomization inference. Applications are drawn from a variety of fields including political science, economics, sociology, public health and medicine.

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STAT C239B Quantitative Methodology in the Social Sciences Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017
A seminar on successful research designs and a forum for students to discuss the research methods needed in their own work, supplemented by lectures on relevant statistical and computational topics such as matching methods, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and Bayesian, maximum likelihood and robust estimation. Applications are drawn from political science, economics, sociology, and public health. Experience with R is assumed.

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STAT 240 Nonparametric and Robust Methods 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2015
Standard nonparametric tests and confidence intervals for continuous and categorical data; nonparametric estimation of quantiles; robust estimation of location and scale parameters. Efficiency comparison with the classical procedures.

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STAT C241A Statistical Learning Theory 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Classification regression, clustering, dimensionality, reduction, and density estimation. Mixture models, hierarchical models, factorial models, hidden Markov, and state space models, Markov properties, and recursive algorithms for general probabilistic inference nonparametric methods including decision trees, kernal methods, neural networks, and wavelets. Ensemble methods.

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STAT C241B Advanced Topics in Learning and Decision Making 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
Recent topics include: Graphical models and approximate inference algorithms. Markov chain Monte Carlo, mean field and probability propagation methods. Model selection and stochastic realization. Bayesian information theoretic and structural risk minimization approaches. Markov decision processes and partially observable Markov decision processes. Reinforcement learning.

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STAT 243 Introduction to Statistical Computing 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Concepts in statistical programming and statistical computation, including programming principles, data and text manipulation, parallel processing, simulation, numerical linear algebra, and optimization.

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STAT 244 Statistical Computing 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009
Algorithms in statistical computing: random number generation, generating other distributions, random sampling and permutations. Matrix computations in linear models. Non-linear optimization with applications to statistical procedures. Other topics of current interest, such as issues of efficiency, and use of graphics.

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STAT C245A Introduction to Modern Biostatistical Theory and Practice 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Course covers major topics in general statistical theory, with a focus on statistical methods in epidemiology. The course provides a broad theoretical framework for understanding the properties of commonly-used and more advanced methods. Emphasis is on estimation in nonparametric models in the context of contingency tables, regression (e.g., linear, logistic), density estimation and more. Topics include maximum likelihood and loss-based estimation
, asymptotic linearity/normality, the delta method, bootstrapping, machine learning, targeted maximum likelihood estimation. Comprehension of broad concepts is the main goal, but practical implementation in R is also emphasized. Basic knowledge of probability/statistics and calculus are assume
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STAT C245B Biostatistical Methods: Survival Analysis and Causality 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Spring 2012
Analysis of survival time data using parametric and non-parametric models, hypothesis testing, and methods for analyzing censored (partially observed) data with covariates. Topics include marginal estimation of a survival function, estimation of a generalized multivariate linear regression model (allowing missing covariates and/or outcomes), estimation of a multiplicative intensity model (such as Cox proportional hazards model) and
estimation of causal parameters assuming marginal structural models. General theory for developing locally efficient estimators of the parameters of interest in censored data models. Computing techniques, numerical methods, simulation and general implementation of biostatistical analysis techniques with emphasis on data applications.
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STAT C245C Biostatistical Methods: Computational Statistics with Applications in Biology and Medicine 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
This course provides an introduction to computational statistics, with emphasis on statistical methods and software for addressing high-dimensional inference problems in biology and medicine. Topics include numerical and graphical data summaries, loss-based estimation (regression, classification, density estimation), smoothing, EM algorithm, Markov chain Monte-Carlo, clustering, multiple testing, resampling, hidden Markov models, in
silico experiments.
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STAT C245D Biostatistical Methods: Computational Statistics with Applications in Biology and Medicine II 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Spring 2009
This course and Pb Hlth C240C/Stat C245C provide an introduction to computational statistics with emphasis on statistical methods and software for addressing high-dimensional inference problems that arise in current biological and medical research. The courses also discusses statistical computing resources, with emphasis on the R language and environment (www.r-project.org). Programming topics to be discussed include: data structures
, functions, statistical models, graphical procedures, designing an R package, object-oriented programming, inter-system interfaces. The statistical and computational methods are motivated by and illustrated on data structures that arise in current high-dimensional inference problems in biology and medicine.
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STAT C245E Statistical Genomics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
Genomics is one of the fundamental areas of research in the biological sciences and is rapidly becoming one of the most important application areas in statistics. This is the first course of a two-semester sequence, which provides an introduction to statistical and computational methods for the analysis of meiosis, population genetics, and genetic mapping. The second course is Statistics C245F/Public Health C240F. The courses are primarily
intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students from the mathematical sciences.
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STAT C245F Statistical Genomics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Genomics is one of the fundamental areas of research in the biological sciences and is rapidly becoming one of the most important application areas in statistics. The first course in this two-semester sequence is Public Health C240E/Statistics C245E. This is the second course, which focuses on sequence analysis, phylogenetics, and high-throughput microarray and sequencing gene expression experiments. The courses are primarily
intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students from the mathematical sciences.
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STAT C247C Longitudinal Data Analysis 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The course covers the statistical issues surrounding estimation of effects using data on subjects followed through time. The course emphasizes a regression model approach and discusses disease incidence modeling and both continuous outcome data/linear models and longitudinal extensions to nonlinear models (e.g., logistic and Poisson). The primary focus is from the analysis side, but mathematical intuition behind the procedures will also be discussed.
The statistical/mathematical material includes some survival analysis, linear models, logistic and Poisson regression, and matrix algebra for statistics. The course will conclude with an introduction to recently developed causal regression techniques (e.g., marginal structural models). Time permitting, serially correlated data on ecological units will also be discussed.
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STAT 248 Analysis of Time Series 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Frequency-based techniques of time series analysis, spectral theory, linear filters, estimation of spectra, estimation of transfer functions, design, system identification, vector-valued stationary processes, model building.

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STAT C249A Censored Longitudinal Data and Causality 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2011, Spring 2011
This course examines optimal robust methods for statistical inference regarding causal and non-causal parameters based on longitudinal data in the presence of informative censoring and informative confounding of treatment. Models presented include multivariate regression models, multiplicative intensity models for counting processes, and causal models such as marginal structural models and structural nested models. Methods will
be illustrated with data sets of practical interest and analyzed in the laboratory section. This course, appropriate for advanced masters and Ph.D. students, provides exposure to a number of ongoing research topics.
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STAT 259 Reproducible and Collaborative Statistical Data Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
A project-based introduction to statistical data analysis. Through case studies, computer laboratories, and a term project, students will learn practical techniques and tools for producing statistically sound and appropriate, reproducible, and verifiable computational answers to scientific questions. Course emphasizes version control, testing, process automation, code review, and collaborative programming. Software tools may include Bash, Git
, Python, and LaTeX.
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STAT 260 Topics in Probability and Statistics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Special topics in probability and statistics offered according to student demand and faculty availability.

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STAT C261 Quantitative/Statistical Research Methods in Social Sciences 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Selected topics in quantitative/statistical methods of research in the social sciences and particularly in sociology. Possible topics include: analysis of qualitative/categorical data; loglinear models and latent-structure analysis; the analysis of cross-classified data having ordered and unordered categories; measure, models, and graphical displays in the analysis of cross-classified data; correspondence analysis, association analysis, and
related methods of data analysis.
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STAT 272 Statistical Consulting 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
To be taken concurrently with service as a consultant in the department's drop-in consulting service. Participants will work on problems arising in the service and will discuss general ways of handling such problems. There will be working sessions with researchers in substantive fields and occasional lectures on consulting.

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STAT 278B Statistics Research Seminar 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Special topics, by means of lectures and informational conferences.

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STAT 298 Directed Study for Graduate Students 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Special tutorial or seminar on selected topics.

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STAT 299 Individual Study Leading to Higher Degrees 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
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STAT 375 Professional Preparation: Teaching of Probability and Statistics 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Discussion, problem review and development, guidance of laboratory classes, course development, supervised practice teaching.

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STAT 601 Individual Study for Master's Candidates 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Individual study in consultation with the graduate adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the master's comprehensive examinations. Units may not be used to meet either unit or residence requirements for a master's degree.

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STAT 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Candidates 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Individual study in consultation with the graduate adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for certain examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D. degree.

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STAT 700 Statistics Colloquium 0.0 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The Statistics Colloquium is a forum for talks on the theory and applications of Statistics to be given to the faculty and graduate students of the Statistics Department and other interested parties.

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Faculty and Instructors

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Faculty

David Aldous, Professor. Mathematical probability, applied probability, analysis of algorithms, phylogenetic trees, complex networks, random networks, entropy, spatial networks.
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Peter L. Bartlett, Professor. Statistics, machine learning, statistical learning theory, adaptive control.
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David R. Brillinger, Professor. Risk analysis, statistical methods, data analysis, animal and fish motion trajectories, statistical applications in engineering and science, sports statistics.
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James Bentley Brown, Assistant Adjunct Professor.

Joan Bruna Estrach, Assistant Professor.
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Peng Ding, Assistant Professor.
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Sandrine Dudoit, Professor. Genomics, classification, statistical computing, biostatistics, cross-validation, density estimation, genetic mapping, high-throughput sequencing, loss-based estimation, microarray, model selection, multiple hypothesis testing, prediction, RNA-Seq.
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Noureddine El Karoui, Associate Professor. Applied statistics, theory and applications of random matrices, large dimensional covariance estimation and properties of covariance matrices, connections with mathematical finance.
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Steven N. Evans, Professor. Genetics, random matrices, superprocesses & other measure-valued processes, probability on algebraic structures -particularly local fields, applications of stochastic processes to biodemography, mathematical finance, phylogenetics & historical linguistics.
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Will Fithian, Assistant Professor.
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Lisa Goldberg, Adjunct Professor.

Adityanand Guntuboyina, Assistant Professor.

Alan Hammond, Associate Professor.

Haiyan Huang, Associate Professor. Applied statistics, functional genomics, translational bioinformatics, high dimensional and integrative genomic/genetic data analysis, network modeling, hierarchical multi-lable classification.
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Nicholas P. Jewell, Professor. AIDS, statistics, epidemiology, infectious diseases, Ebola Virus Disease, SARS, H1N1 influenza, adverse cardiovascular effects of pharmaceuticals, counting civilian casualties during conflicts.
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Michael I. Jordan, Professor. Computer science, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, statistics, machine learning, electrical engineering, applied statistics, optimization.
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Michael J. Klass, Professor. Statistics, mathematics, probability theory, combinatorics independent random variables, iterated logarithm, tail probabilities, functions of sums.
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Michael William Mahoney, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Jon Mcauliffe, Associate Adjunct Professor. Bioinformatics, machine learning, nonparametrics, convex optimization, statistical computing, prediction, supervised learning.
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Elchanan Mossel, Professor. Applied probability, statistics, mathematics, finite markov chains, markov random fields, phlylogeny.
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Rasmus Nielsen, Professor. Statistical and computational aspects of evolutionary theory and genetics.
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+ Deborah Nolan, Professor. Statistics, empirical process, high-dimensional modeling, technology in education.
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James W. Pitman, Professor. Fragmentation, statistics, mathematics, Brownian motion, distribution theory, path transformations, stochastic processes, local time, excursions, random trees, random partitions, processes of coalescence.
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Elizabeth Purdom, Assistant Professor. Computational biology, bioinformatics, statistics, data analysis, sequencing, cancer genomics.
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Benjamin Recht, Associate Professor.

Jasjeet S. Sekhon, Professor. Program evaluation, statistical and computational methods, causal inference, elections, public opinion, American politics .

Alistair Sinclair, Professor. Algorithms, applied probability, statistics, random walks, Markov chains, computational applications of randomness, Markov chain Monte Carlo, statistical physics, combinatorial optimization.
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Allan M. Sly, Associate Professor.
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Yun Song, Associate Professor. Computational biology, population genomics, applied probability and statistics.
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Philip B. Stark, Professor. Astrophysics, law, statistics, litigation, causal inference, inverse problems, geophysics, elections, uncertainty quantification, educational technology.
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Bernd Sturmfels, Professor. Mathematics, combinatorics, computational algebraic geometry.
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Nike Sun, Assistant Professor.
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Mark J. Van Der Laan, Professor. Statistics, computational biology and genomics, censored data and survival analysis, medical research, inference in longitudinal studies.
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Martin Wainwright, Professor. Statistical machine learning, High-dimensional statistics, information theory, Optimization and algorithmss.
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Bin Yu, Professor. Neuroscience, remote sensing, networks, statistical machine learning, high-dimensional inference, massive data problems, document summarization.
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Lecturers

+ Ani Adhikari, Senior Lecturer SOE.

Fletcher H. Ibser, Lecturer.

Adam R. Lucas, Lecturer.

Christopher Paciorek, Lecturer.

Nusrat Rabbee, Lecturer.

Gaston Sanchez Trujillo, Lecturer.

Shobhana Stoyanov, Lecturer.

Visiting Faculty

Hermann Helmut Pitters, Visiting Assistant Professor.

Yuekai Sun, Visiting Assistant Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

Peter J. Bickel, Professor Emeritus. Statistics, machine learning, semiparametric models, asymptotic theory, hidden Markov models, applications to molecular biology.
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Ching-Shui Cheng, Professor Emeritus. Statistics, statistical design of experiments, combinatorial problems, efficient experimental design.
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Kjell A. Doksum, Professor Emeritus. Statistics, curve estimation, nonparametric regression, correlation curves, survival analysis, semiparametric, nonparametric settings, regression quantiles, analysis of financial data.
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Leo Goodman, Professor Emeritus. Sociology, statistics, log-linear models, correspondence analysis models, mathematical demography, categorical data analysis, survey data analysis, logit models, log-bilinear models, association models.
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Pressley W. Millar, Professor Emeritus. Statistics, Martingales, Markov processes, Gaussian processes, excursion theory, asymptotic statistical decision theory, nonparametrics, robustness, stochastic procedures, asymptotic minimas theory, bootstrap theory.
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Roger A. Purves, Professor Emeritus. Statistics, foundations of probability, measurability.
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John A. Rice, Professor Emeritus. Transportation, astronomy, statistics, functional data analysis, time series analysis.
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Terence P. Speed, Professor Emeritus. Genomics, statistics, genetics and molecular biology, protein sequences.
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Charles J. Stone, Professor Emeritus. Statistical modeling with splines, statistical education.
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Kenneth Wachter, Professor Emeritus. Mathematical demography stochastic models, simulation, biodemography, federal statistical system.
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Contact Information

Department of Statistics

367 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-2781

Fax: 510-642-7892

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Department Chair

Michael Jordan, PhD

371 Evans Hall

jordan@stat.berkeley.edu

MA Program Committee Chair

Ani Adhikari, PhD

413 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-2208

adhikari@berkeley.edu

PhD Program Committee Chair

Elizabeth Purdom, PhD

433 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-6154

epurdom@stat.berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Student Services Adviser

Majabeen Samadi

367 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-643-2459

majabeen@berkeley.edu

MA Program Coordinator

Erin Blanton

375 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-643-0589

eblanton@berkeley.edu

PhD Program Coordinator

La Shana Porlaris

373 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-5361

lashana@berkeley.edu

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