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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences


Associate Professor Tianhai Tian



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


Multivariate distributions. Estimation: maximum of likelihood and method of moments. Confidence intervals. Analysis in the time domain: stationary models, autocorrelation, partial autocorrelation. ARMA and ARIMA models. Analysis in the frequency domain (Spectral analysis): spectrum, periodigram, linear and digital filters, cross-correlations and cross-spectrum, spectral estimators, confidence interval for the spectral density. State-space models. Kalman filter. Empirical Orthogonal Functions and other Eigen Methods. Use of ITSM.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the concept of stationary time series;

  1. Understand the concept of projection and its use in forecasting;

  1. Understand the models of autoregression and moving averages and their combinations;

  1. Analyse time series in time domain as well as frequency domain;

  1. Understand the model of Kalman filter;

  1. Use the package ITSM to analyse time series data.


Final examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments, tests and participation in tutorials: 30%

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour support class per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


One of MTH2010, MTH2015, MTH2032 or MTH2222. MTH2222 is highly recommended.