Winter 2024 STAT 35450-1

Course: STAT 35450=HGEN 48600

Title: Fundamentals of Computational Biology: Models and Inference

Instructor(s): Matthew Stephens and John Novembre

Teaching Assistant(s): TBA

Class Schedule: Sec 1: TR 3:30 PM-4:50 PM in BSLC 218

Description: Covers key principles in probability and statistics that are used to model and understand biological data. There will be a strong emphasis on stochastic processes and inference in complex hierarchical statistical models. Topics will vary but the typical content would include: Likelihood-based and Bayesian inference, Poisson processes, Markov models, Hidden Markov models, Gaussian Processes, Brownian motion, Birth-death processes, the Coalescent, Graphical models, Markov processes on trees and graphs, Markov Chain Monte Carlo.