Seminar for Statistics



  • The exam will take place Thursday, 18th of August 2011 at 10.00-12.00, in rooms
  • Please, make sure to be at
    the right room before the exam starts. Note that you are allowed to
    bring one sheet of paper (A4, front and back) with a hand-written

Ferienpräsenz / Question Hour

1) Wednesday, 27.07.2011, 14:00 - 15:00, HG G 26.1.

2) Wednesday, 03.08.2011, 14:00 - 15:00, HG G 26.1.

Prüfungseinsicht / Exam Consultation

You can review your exam of the lectures from the Seminar für Statistik on Thursday, 03.03.2011, from 12:00 to 12:30, HG G 26.3. If this time is inconvenient for you, please contact Jürg (

Start: Friday, 25.02.2011

The first seminar class will take place in the computer labs HG E 26.1 and HG E 26.3. You will get a short introduction to R and environments to work with R.

All other seminar classes will take place on Fridays from 10-12 in HG E 3.

There will be no seminar class on 22.04.2011 (Good Friday).

Exercises will be based on the free open-source statistics and graphics software R, downloadable from the ETH CRAN mirror for Mac, Linux or Windows.

Here is the link to a very short introduction to R for Unix/Linux also describing the environment on which you will be working during the exam. We will work through this tutorial during the first seminar class.

Emphasis will be put on applied problems. Active participation in the exercises is strongly recommended.

All R packages necessary to solve the exercises are installed in the computer labs in the E floor of the ETH main building. Students which prefer working with their own laptop or PC will need to download packages themselves. R packages can be downloaded from CRAN (where you got R), ETH mirror at Follow the link "Packages" on the left side. There, you can also find documentation on how to install the packages.


Please take a look at this organizational sheet, containing important information about the exercises and how they should be handed in.

The new exercise sheet will always be uploaded on the Wednesday preceding the corresponding preliminary discussion session.

Deadline to hand in your solution
Teaching assistant
Exercise 1 Friday, March 11, 2011
Fabio Sigrist
Exercise 2
Friday, March 18, 2011
Christian Kerkhoff
Exercise 3
Friday, March 25, 2011
Fabio Sigrist
Exercise 4
Friday, April 1, 2011 Christian Kerkhoff
Exercise 5
Friday, April 8, 2011 Fabio Sigrist
Exercise 6 Friday, April 15, 2011 Christian Kerkhoff
Exercise 7
Friday, May 6, 2011
Christian Kerkhoff
Exercise 8
Friday, May 13, 2011
Johannes Lederer
Exercise 9
Friday, May 20, 2011
Johannes Lederer
Exercise 10 Friday, May 27, 2011 Johannes Lederer
Exercise 11 Friday, June 3, 2011 Johannes Lederer

Questions and Comments

You can always ask questions to the lecturer and tutors during the class and the exercise session. If you want to send us an email, please send it to this address:


The solutions (PDF files) will be sent weekly to the students enrolled for this course.


Lecture attestation (Testat):
You do not have to hand in your solution to the exercises during the semester. However, active participation in the exercises is strongly recommended to all. To get the credits for this class, you have to take the written exam during the examination session.

If you want us to correct your exercise, please print out your results and hand them in to one of the tutors during the exercise session. R code should not be printed out, but uploaded to the LEMUREN interface. We will not correct solutions submitted by email.

Any corrected exercise sheets that have not been picked up during the seminar class will be kept until 11th of June 2011 in the room HG J68 in the tray "Computational Statistics / Corrected Exercises". After the indicated deadline they will be thrown away.

Evaluation of the exercises (for doctoral students only):

Every exercise submitted (on time!) will be correct by your assistants. For every reasonable solution to a subexercise you get one point. In order to recieve the Testat you need 40 ore more points from the exercises. (The amount of points obtained will be stated on your corrected sheet).


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