Not available in 2018/19
MY454      Half Unit
Applied Statistical Computing using R

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Benjamin Lauderdale COL.8.10


This course is available on the MSc in Applied Social Data Science and MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

The course is also available to research students, as MY554.


Students must have taken Applied Regression Analysis (MY452) or an equivalent intermediate regression course.

Course content

This course will cover basic statistical programming for social science research as well as several associated data analysis methods. Programming topics include basic programming, data structures, optimisation, and simulation. Applied statistical topics include nonparametric density estimation and regression, additive models, cross-validation, the bootstrap, and permutation/randomisation inference. Lectures, class exercises and homework will be based on the use of the R statistical software package but will assume no background knowledge of that language.


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of computer workshops in the LT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 5 problem sets in the LT.

Each problem set is associated with a computer classes, and may be submitted for marking and feedback.

Indicative reading

Keele, L. Semiparametric Regression for the Social Sciences

Matloff, N. The Art of R Programming



Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 5 minutes) in the summer exam period.
Coursework (50%) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2017/18: 6

Average class size 2017/18: 6

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills