Biostat 406 - Spring 2017

  • Instructor:  Donatello Telesca
  • Lecture: TR 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm - PH 61-269
  • Labs  [1B] M  3:00 pm - 3:50PM  (PUB HLT  61-269) --  [1C] - M  2:00 pm - 2:50 pm (PUB HLT 61-262)
  • Office Hours: (Instructor) T 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm   [PUB HLT 21-254B] - (TA) W 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm [PUB HLT A1-228]
  • Teaching Assistant: Bingling Wang (binglingwang at ucla dot edu)


  1. HW1 (HW1.pdf){HW1_key.Rmd} [Due Friday, April 20]
  2. HW2 (HW2.pdf) [Due Thursday, May 10]
  3. HW3 (HW3.pdf, HW3.Rmd)[Due Thursday, May 24]




Schedule of Lectures






4/5 HW assignments 20% Due on Thursdays
Midterm 1 25% May 01 (In class)
Midterm 2 25% May 29 (In class)
Final Project 30% Due on or before June 14

Reading List

  1. Required

    Afifi, A., May, S. and Clark, VA. Practical Multivariate Analysis (Fifth Edition). CRC Press.

  2. Recommended

    James G., Witten, D., Hastie, T. and Tibshirani, R. An Introduction to Statistical Learning with Applications in R. Springer. (*e-book from the library)

  3. Recommended

    Dalgaard P. Introductory Statistics with R (Second Edition). Springer. (*e-book from the library).

Computing and Software

Biostatistics 406 will be taught using the R computational framework, which is a powerful and freely available tool for computation, analytics and graphics.

To make the most of your first lab please follow the following steps:

  1. Install R-studio on your machine. You simply need the open-source desktop version downloadable here.
  2. The course will focus on reproducible research through dynamic/smart documentation. Please get somewhat familiar with R Markdown as a platform for document creation here.