Statistical Learning

7.5 Credits
Second Cycle
School of Information and Engineering
Subject field
Microdata Analysis (XYZ)
Group of Subjects
Other Interdisciplinary Studies
Disciplinary Domain
Natural Science, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Microdata Analysis1
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 21 February 2019.
This syllabus is valid from 29 April 2019.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the students shall be able to:

  • Select the correct statistical models, and methods for a data analysis problem in the real world based on reasoned argument, especially when the underlying data generating mechanism is unknown.
  • Apply various supervised and unsupervised statistical learning algorithms in a range of real-world problems.
  • Evaluate, and optimise the performances of the learning models and algorithms, and communicate the expected accuracy of the model/algorithm.
  • Combine several models to achieve higher predictive accuracy.

Course Content

The course focuses mainly on the applied aspects of statistical learning. However, the most important basic properties of, and relations between different statistical learning models and algorithms are also included. The course covers supervised learning algorithms, with special emphasis on classification methods such as logistic regression, classification trees, linear discriminant analysis, quadratic discriminant analysis, K-nearest neighbour, support vector machine, and regression methods such as linear regression, smoothing splines, generalised additive model, and regression trees. The course also covers unsupervised learning methods such as principal component analysis, k-mean clustering, and hierarchical clustering. Model validation through cross validation, and bootstrap methods are covered. Regularisation for model selection, high dimensional data analysis, and improving prediction performance through model averaging, bagging, and boosting techniques are also covered.


Assignment, and written examination.

Forms of Study

Lectures, exercises, and computer labs.


The Swedish grades U–VG.


  • Bachelor‘s degree or courses comprising 180 credits