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Basic Research Skills Seminar (13 Feb 2017)


Basic Research Skills Seminar

Centre for Genomic Sciences

We are pleased to announce this new series of seminars aimed at equipping researchers who are doing genetics-related research with appropriate skills in statistics, computing, and bioinformatics.

Basic Statistics/Probability Theory
for Geneticists

Dr Timothy Mak

13 Feb 2017 (Mon) 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Seminar Room 2, G/F
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research
 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong


Probability and statistics are ubiquitous in medical and life sciences research. In this seminar, I will introduce some basic concepts and notations in probability and statistics, with a view to helping researchers understand the statistical contents of papers better. Basic concepts such as a random variables, probability density functions, distributions, expectation, and variance are introduced. Some ideas particularly relevant to genetics such as mixture distributions are also discussed. I will also discuss the differences between frequentist and Bayesian inference and the statistical thinking behind statistical testing and estimation.

Other seminars in the series:

Applications of Regression and Correlation in Genetics by Dr Timothy Mak
20 Feb 2017 (Mon) 3:00-4:00pm

Analysis of Rare Variants Association by Mr Robert Porsch
7 Mar 2017 (Tue) 2:30-3:30pm



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