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140.776.01 Statistical Computing

1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Roger Peng
Course Instructor:

140.621 or equivalent


Covers practical issues in statistical computing. Includes programming in R, calling complied code from R, accessing R libraries, creating R packages with documentation, programming in C, debugging, organizing and commenting code, working in Emacs, and LATEX typesetting. Topics in statistical data analysis and optimization provide working examples.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. install and configure software necessary for a statistical programming environment
  2. Discuss generic programming language concepts as they are implemented in a high-level statistical language
  3. write and debug programs using R and C
  4. build and organize a software package with documentation for publishing on the internet
  5. Discuss and implement basic statistical computing algorithms for optimization, linear regression, and Monte Carlo
Methods of Assessment:

Method of student evaluation based on projects

Instructor Consent:

No consent required