Scheda insegnamento

Anno Accademico 2018/2019

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

By the end of the course the student gains an understanding of theory and computing of modern statistical methods, with particular emphasis on methods for analysing large amounts of data (big data). More specifically, the student acquires knowledge on the most important methods of statistical learning and prediction and the skills required to solve real-world and decision-making problems.


Cluster analysis: k-means, construction of distances, hierarchical clustering, partitioning around medoids, average silhouette width, mixture models, with algorithms, R-coding, theory, applications and in-depth discussion

Robust statistics: robustness concepts - outliers, influence function and breakdown point, robust estimation of mean and variance, outlier identification, robust regression, robust cluster analysis, with algorithms, R-coding, theory, applications and in-depth discussion

Dimension reduction: principal component analysis, variable selection in regression, cross-validation, Lasso, with algorithms, R-coding, theory, applications and in-depth discussion


Everitt, B. S., Landau, S., Leese, M., Cluster Analysis (fourth edition), E. Arnold 2001

Hennig, C., Meila, M., Murtagh, F., and Rocci, R., Handbook of Cluster Analysis, Taylor & Francis 2016.

Maronna, R. A., Martin R. D., Victor J. Yohai, Robust statistics : theory and methods, Wiley 2006.

Huber, P. J., Ronchetti, E. M., Robust Statistics (second edition), Wiley 2011.

Hastie, T., Tibshirani, R., Friedman, J., The Elements of Statistical Learning (second edition), Springer 2009.

Lecture Notes

Metodi didattici

Classroom lessons, tutorials, computer workshop

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

2 hours written exam. 5/30 marks can be earned from homework activity.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Lecture Notes, supporting material provided on the web

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Christian Martin Hennig

Consulta il sito web di Ivan Lorusso

Consulta il sito web di Leonardo Bruni