Mathematical Statistics

MAT12 Mathematical Statistics

Spring 2023

  • Topics

    The course deals with probability theory and methods for statistical inference and is preparing students for future studies in business analytics, econometrics and statistics. The statistical software R is used in the course.

    - Stochastic variables, probability distributions, one- and multivariate

    - Transformations of variables; moments

    - Special distributions: Normal, exponential, Gamma, Beta, t, F and chisquare.

    - Modes of convergence: in probability, in distribution; law of large numbers and the central limit theorem

    - Sample distributions

    - Estimation: The maximum likelihood principle, consistency and efficiency

    - Hypothesis testing: The likelihood ratio method

    - Bayesian methods

  • Learning outcome


    After completing the course, the student knows the theory foundation for the statistical methods studied at the compulsory courses in statistics.


    After completing the course, the student can formulate a stochastic model and fit it to a data set. The student can also evaluate the uncertainty of the fitted model.

    General compentence

    After completing the course, the student is prepared for a faster progression in quantitative courses in later master studies.

  • Teaching

    The teaching is given in the form of lectures, where both theory, examples and exercises is discussed.

  • Recommended prerequisites

    MAT10 Analyse og lineær algebra (Calculus and Linear Algebra)

  • Required prerequisites

    MET040/MET2 - Statistikk for økonomer (Statistics for Economists)

  • Credit reduction due to overlap

    Corresponds to MAT013

  • Compulsory Activity

    A compulsory assignment must be passed in order to attend the written exam.

  • Assessment

    5 hours written school exam.

  • Grading Scale

    A - F

  • Computer tools


  • Literature

    (HT) Hogg, Tanis and Zimmerman: Probability and statistical inference 9ed, Pearson, 2015 (8ed, Prentice Hall, 2010, by Hogg and Tanis is also possible to use)


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Course responsible

Professor Jonas Andersson, Department of Business and Management Science.