STAT463-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)

Multivariate Statistical Methods

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


Multivariate Statistical Methods

STAT315 and STAT463 are courses in multivariate statistical methods. Multivariate statistical methods extract information from datasets which consist of variables measured on a number of experimental units. Due to the large memory capacity available and with the advent of computing power, these methods are now widely applied in a variety of fields, including bioinformatics, epidemiology, finance and marketing.

The course will cover the theory and application of various multivariate statistical methods, namely: multiple regression, principal component analysis, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, and clustering methods. It will also introduce the statistical analysis software R, which is a powerful tool when dealing with large multivariate datasets. Special attention will be given to practical applications and the interpretation of the results.

Learning Outcomes

  • The courses will:
  • introduce multiple and multivariate regression
  • introduce principal component analysis (PCA) and factor analysis (FA)
  • introduce discriminant analysis (DA) and clustering methods
  • introduce the use of the statistical analysis software R
  • give you experience in writing scientific and technical reports

    You will be able to:
  • choose appropriate method for analysis of your dataset
  • use appropriate R function (or SAS procedures) to perform multivariate analyses
  • be able to interpret the analysis results in such a way that a non-user of statistics can understand
  • write a scientific and technical report.


Subject to approval of the Head of School.

Course Coordinator

Jennifer Brown


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignments (x4) 40%
Project Report and presentation 10%
Final Examination 50%

Assignments give you practice in analysing data and presenting results in a written report. You will be expected to use R (or SAS) for analysis. The assignments provide an opportunity for you to learn not only statistical modeling techniques, but to develop your scientific writing skills.

The course includes a project report and a presentation on a method not covered in the course.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Everitt, Brian. , Dunn, G; Applied multivariate data analysis ; 2nd ed; Arnold ;Oxford University Press, 2001.

Hastie, Trevor. , Tibshirani, Robert., Friedman, J. H; The elements of statistical learning : data mining, inference, and prediction ; 2nd ed; Springer, 2009 (2001 or 2009 editions suitable).

Johnson, Richard Arnold. , Wichern, Dean W; Applied multivariate statistical analysis ; 5th ed; Prentice Hall, 2002.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,017.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics .

All STAT463 Occurrences

  • STAT463-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022
  • STAT463-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)