Aaron A. King, Ph.D.

Nelson G. Hairston Collegiate Professor of
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Complex Systems, and Mathematics
University of Michigan

Simulation-based Inference for Epidemiological Dynamics.

A short course taught with Prof. Edward Ionides as part of the Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington in Seattle.

This short course introduces statistical inference techniques and computational methods for dynamic models of epidemiological systems. We explore deterministic and stochastic formulations of epidemiological dynamics and develop inference methods appropriate for a range of models. Special emphasis will be on exact and approximate likelihood as the key elements in parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, and model selection. Specifically, the course covers sequential Monte Carlo and synthetic likelihood techniques. Students will learn to implement these in R to carry out maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference. Knowledge of the material in the module on Probability and Statistical Inferenceis assumed. Students new to R should complete a tutorial before the module.

Course objectives

The course materials can be found here.


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