D.N. Politis: Current Classes


Fall 2017: MATH 282A "Applied Statistics"

Time/Room: 1pm at APM B412

Office hours: MWF 10:30-11:30am or by appointment (email: dpolitis@ucsd.edu) [Office location: APM5701]

TA: Srinjoy Das (email: srinjoyd@gmail.com); office hours: Thu 10-11am at APM 5768

The theory and practice of linear regression and linear models will be discussed. Least squares will be defined by means of projections in n-dimensional Euclidean space. Choosing the regression model (its dimension, etc.) will also be addressed. Prerequisite: a basic statistics course and linear algebra-or instructor consent.

282A Textbooks:

Seber and Lee, Linear regression analysis, Wiley, 2003, 2nd ed. (required)
Draper and Smith, Applied regression analysis, 3rd ed., Wiley (recommended)

HW1: due in class Monday Oct 30

(From Seber and Lee). CHAPTER 1. Set 1a: ex. 3. Set 1b: ex. 2,5. Set 1c: ex. 1,3. Misc. Set: ex. 3,5. CHAPTER 2. Set 2b: ex. 6. Set 2c: ex. 2. Set 2d: ex. 4. CORRECTED: Misc. Set: ex. 1,9, 13, 10,15,17 (13 instead of 3).

HW2: due in class Monday Nov. 20

CHAPTER 3. Set 3a: ex. 2,3. Set 3b: ex. 1,3,4. Set 3c: ex. 1,2. Set 3d: ex 1,2. Set 3e: ex 1,2. Set 3g: ex 2,3. Set 3h: ex 2. Set 3i: ex 5. Set 3k: ex 2,5. CORRECTION: you do not need to do ex 5 from Set 3i (as it was not assigned in class).


Midterm in-class on Monday 20 November (closed book but can bring one sheet of notes--two-sided).
Bring a Blue book for the midterm!
On Monday Nov 20 the office hour of Dr. Politis (10:30 to 11:30am) will be held by Srinjoy Das instead; please go to APM 5768
No class on Wednesday 22 November

Handout: Three Pythagorean theorems


HW = 20%, Midterm (in-class) = 30%, Final (take home) =50%

Final exam FALL 2017 (due by 1pm Wednesday Dec. 6, 2017). EXTENSION: New due date is 11am Monday Dec. 11, 2017.

Take home final exam (CORRECTED on Dec. 3)



Winter 2011: MATH 282B "Applied Statistics"

Time: 11-12pm

Room: APM 5829

Office hours: TBA or by appointment (email: dpolitis@ucsd.edu)

Departures from underlying assumptions in regression. Transformations and Generalized Linear Models. Model selection. Nonlinear regression. Introduction to nonparametric regression. Prerequisite: 282A
Check out the R handout 2010. Click here to download R to your computer.

282B Textbooks (recommended):

Elements of Statistical Learning, by Hastie-Tibshirani-Friedman,Springer(2002), [2nd edition available free online!]
Nonlinear regression analysis and it's application, by Bates and Watts,Wiley(1988)
Nonlinear regression, by Seber and Wild,Wiley(2003)
Nonparametric smoothing and lack-of-fit tests, by J. Hart, Springer(1997)


Consider the model: Y=f(X)+error where f is a polynomial of finite (but unknown) degree.

The data (with n=21) are below:

Y=(-5.07 -3.63 -1.92 -0.72 -0.79 -2.00 0.69 0.63 -0.92 1.05 -1.33 0.04 -0.14 -2.10 -0.43 -0.71 1.10 0.75 3 .36 4.17 4.57)

and X=(-2.0 -1.8 -1.6 -1.4 -1.2 -1.0 -0.8 -0.6 -0.4 -0.2 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 2.0)

a) Use the four methods (residual diagnostic plots searching for patterns, forward and backward F-tests, and Mallows Cp) to pick the optimal order of the polynomial to be fitted. Do all four give the same answer? Explain?

b) With the optimal order obtained from Mallows Cp fit the model and get parameter estimates (including the error variance). If in your final model you see some parameter estimates that are close to zero, perform a test to see if they are significantly different from zero or not (in which case they should not be included in the model.

c) In your final model, do diagnostic plots to confirm your assumptions (what are they?) on the errors.

d) Apply ridge regression to the problem at hand; produce figures to show how the ridge regression estimated parameters change as the constraint on the L1 norm becomes bigger.

e) Repeat part (d) with the lasso instead of ridge regression, i.e., L2 norm instead of L1, and compare with the figures from part (d). Do the lasso figures point to the same model that you obtained in part (a)?


Winter 2008: MATH 281B "Mathematical Statistics"

Instructor: Dimitris Politis, dpolitis@ucsd.edu ; Office hours: MW 1:30-3pm at APM 5747

TA: Michael Scullard, mscullar@math.ucsd.edu ; Office hour: F 1-2pm at APM 6333


HW = 35%, Midterm (in-class) = 25%, Final (take home) =40%


(HW1 and HW2 !!)

Final exam:

(final exam !)


Asymptotic tools hand out


Winter 2018: MATH 287A "Time Series Analysis"

Time/Room: 2pm at APM2402

Office hours: MWF 10am-10:50am or by appointment (email: dpolitis@ucsd.edu) Office location: APM5701

TA: Ashley Chen email: jic102@ucsd.edu Office hour: Thu 4-5pm Office: SDSC 294E

Weak and strict stationarity of time series, i.e. stochastic processes in discrete time. Breakdowns of stationarity and remedies (differencing, trend estimation, etc.). Optimal (from the point of view of Mean Squared Error) one-step-ahead prediction and interpolation; connection with Hilbert space methods, e.g. orthogonal projection. Autoregressive (AR), Moving Average (MA), and Autoregressive-Moving Average (ARMA) models for stationary time series; causality, invertibility, and spectral density. Maximum Entropy models for time series, and Kolmogorov's formula for prediction error. Estimation of the ARMA parameters given data; determination of the ARMA model order using criteria such as the AIC and BIC. Nonparametric estimation of the mean, the autocovariance function, and the spectral density in the absence of model assumptions. Confidence intervals for the estimated quantities via asymptotic normality and/or bootstrap methods. Prerequisite: a basic statistics and probability course or instructor consent.

287A Textbooks:

Time Series: Theory and methods, 2nd ed. Brockwell and Davis, Springer (1991) (required)

Hamilton: Time Series Analysis and Priestley: Spectral Analysis and Time Series (recommended)

See also the Handout on Inverse Covariance and eigenvalues of Toeplitz matrices. For the handout, the convention f(w)=\sum_k \gamma (k) exp{ikw} is used (without the 2\pi factor).


HW = 40%, Midterm (in-class) = 20%, Final (take home) =40%

MIDTERM WILL BE IN-CLASS, WED FEB 21. Closed book, one sheet of notes (2-sided) allowed.

HW1--due Monday Jan 29

(From Brockwell and Davis): Ch. 1, ex. 4, 7,8,10,11,12,13. Ch. 2, ex. 6,10,12,15,21.

NOTE: partial solutions for 287A HW1 and partial solutions for 287A HW2 ---DO NOT CIRCULATE!!

HW3--due Monday March 5

(From Brockwell and Davis): From Ch. 4: do exercises 7, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19; and also do the following exercise:

Let X_t=Y_t+W_t where the Y series is independent of the W series. Assume Y_t satisfies an AR(1) model (with respect to some white noise), and W_t satisfies a different AR(1) model (with respect to some other white noise). Show that X_t is not AR(1) but it is ARMA(p,q) and identify p and q. [Hint: show that the spectral density of X_t is of the form of an ARMA(p,q) spectral density.]

Download the FINAL EXAM.


287C textbooks (recommended but NOT required!):

Fan, J. and Yao, Q. (2003). "Nonlinear Time Series", Springer, New York.

GARCH Models: Structure, Statistical Inference and Financial Applications by Christian Francq and Jean-Michel Zakoian (2010), John Wiley.

287C Homework--- due Wednesday May 2, 2018.



287C Projects will be due Monday June 4, 2018, and will also be presented in class during last week of classes.