Chair: Rajiv Sethi (Ann Whitney Olin Professor)
Professors: Elizabeth Ananat, André Burgstaller, Alan Dye, Daniel Hamermesh (Distinguished Scholar), Sharon Harrison, Shaw-Hwa Lo (Statistics), Lalith Munasinghe, David Weiman (Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 Professor)
Associate Professors: Yang Feng (Statistics), Jingchen Liu (Statistics), Randall Reback, Ashley Timmer (Adjunct)
Assistant Professors: Belinda Archibong, Biwei Chen (Term), Martina Jasova, Elizabeth Kopko (Adjunct), Peter Orbanz (Statistics), Sonia Pereira (Term), Anja Tolonen, Homa Zarghamee
Associates: John Park

Lecturers in Statistics: Banu Baydil, Ronald Neath, David Rios, Joyce Robbins, Gabriel Young

Computational Track

The Economics-Statistics, Computational Track requires a minimum of 16 courses (52 minimum credits).

10 courses in Economics, Mathematics

ECON BC1003Introduction to Economic Reasoning
MATH UN1102Calculus II
MATH UN1201Calculus III
MATH UN2010Linear Algebra
ECON BC3033Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
ECON BC3035Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
ECON BC3041Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy
Two Upper-level Electives in Economics
ECON BC3063SENIOR SEMINAR

6 courses in Statistics

STAT UN1201Calculus-Based Introduction to Statistics
ECON BC3018ECONOMETRICS
STAT UN2102Applied Statistical Computing
STAT UN2104Applied Categorical Data Analysis
One of the following two courses:
Applied Statistical Methods
APPLIED MACHINE LEARNING
One Upper-level Elective in Statistics (STAT UN3106, GU4203, GU4204, GU4205, GU4206, or a Computer Science Elective)

Theoretical Track

The Economics-Statistics, Theoretical Track requires a minimum of 16 courses (52 minimum credits).

10 courses in Economics, Mathematics which are the same as in the Computational Track above, plus

6 courses in Statistics which differs from the Computational Track somewhat:

STAT UN1201Calculus-Based Introduction to Statistics
ECON BC3018ECONOMETRICS
STAT GU4203PROBABILITY THEORY
STAT GU4204Statistical Inference
STAT GU4205Linear Regression Models
One Elective in Statistics at the 3000+ level (or a Computer Science Elective such as COMS W1004, W1005, W1007, or STAT UN2102)

Economics, Mathematics

ECON BC1003 Introduction to Economic Reasoning. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Covers basic elements of microeconomic and marcoeconomic reasoning at an introductory level. Topics include Individual Constraints and Preferences, Production by Firms, Market Transactions, Competition, The Distribution of Income, Technological Progress and Growth, Unemployment and Inflation, the Role of Government in the Economy.  Note: Students cannot get credit for ECON BC1003 if they have taken the Columbia introductory course ECON W1105 Principles of Economics.

MATH UN1102 Calculus II. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).

Prerequisites: MATH V1101 or the equivalent.

Methods of integration, applications of the integral, Taylor's theorem, infinite series. (SC) 

MATH UN1201 Calculus III. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).

Prerequisites: MATH V1101 or the equivalent.

Vectors in dimensions 2 and 3, complex numbers and the complex exponential function with applications to differential equations, Cramer's rule, vector-valued functions of one variable, scalar-valued functions of several variables, partial derivatives, gradients, surfaces, optimization, the method of Lagrange multipliers. (SC) 

MATH UN2010 Linear Algebra. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).

Prerequisites: MATH V1201, or the equivalent.

Matrices, vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, canonical forms, applications. (SC)

ECON BC3033 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory. 4 points.

Prerequisites: An introductory course in economics and a functioning knowledge of high school algebra and analytical geometry or permission of the instructor.

Systematic exposition of current macroeconomic theories of unemployment, inflation, and international financial adjustments.

ECON BC3035 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. 4 points.

Prerequisites: An introductory course in microeconomics or a combined macro/micro principles course (ECON BC1003 or ECON W1105, or the equivalent) and one semester of calculus or ECON BC1007, or permission of the instructor.

Preferences and demand; production, cost, and supply; behavior of markets in partial equilibrium; resource allocation in general equilibrium; pricing of goods and services under alternative market structures; implications of individual decision-making for labor supply; income distribution, welfare, and public policy. Emphasis on problem solving.

ECON BC3041 Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.

Prerequisites: An introductory course in economics or permission of the instructor.

Intellectual origins of the main schools of thought in political economy. Study of the founding texts in classical political economy, Marxian economics, neoclassicism, and Keynesianism.

ECON BC3063 SENIOR SEMINAR. 4.00 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the completion of all courses (except for the senior requirement) required for the economics track, political economy track, or economics and mathematics majors. Exceptions to these prerequisites may be granted by the chair of the department only. Seminar sections are limited to 15 students. A topic in economic theory or policy of the instructors choice. See department for current topics and for senior requirement preference forms

Statistics, Computer Science

STAT UN1201 Calculus-Based Introduction to Statistics. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).

Prerequisites: one semester of calculus.

Designed for students who desire a strong grounding in statistical concepts with a greater degree of mathematical rigor than in STAT W1111. Random variables, probability distributions, pdf, cdf, mean, variance, correlation, conditional distribution, conditional mean and conditional variance, law of iterated expectations, normal, chi-square, F and t distributions, law of large numbers, central limit theorem, parameter estimation, unbiasedness, consistency, efficiency, hypothesis testing, p-value, confidence intervals, maximum likelihood estimation. Serves as the pre-requisite for ECON W3412.

ECON BC3018 ECONOMETRICS. 4.00 points.

Prerequisites: ECON BC3033 or ECON BC3035, and ECON BC2411 or STAT W1111 or STAT W1211, or permission of the instructor.
Prerequisites: ECON BC3033 or ECON BC3035, and ECON BC2411 or STAT W1111 or STAT W1211, or permission of the instructor. Specification, estimation and evaluation of economic relationships using economic theory, data, and statistical inference; testable implications of economic theories; econometric analysis of topics such as consumption, investment, wages and unemployment, and financial markets

STAT UN2102 Applied Statistical Computing. 3.00 points.

Corequisites: An introductory course in statistic (STAT UN1101 is recommended).
Corequisites: An introductory course in statistic (STAT UN1101 is recommended). This course is an introduction to R programming. After learning basic programming component, such as defining variables and vectors, and learning different data structures in R, students will, via project-based assignments, study more advanced topics, such as conditionals, modular programming, and data visualization. Students will also learn the fundamental concepts in computational complexity, and will practice writing reports based on their data analyses

STAT UN2104 Applied Categorical Data Analysis. 3 points.

Prerequisites: STAT UN2103 is strongly recommended. Students without programming experience in R might find STAT UN2102 very helpful.

This course covers statistical models amd methods for analyzing and drawing inferences for problems involving categofical data.  The goals are familiarity and understanding of a substantial and integrated body of statistical methods that are used for such problems, experience in anlyzing data using these methods, and profficiency in communicating the results of such methods, and the ability to critically evaluate the use of such methods.  Topics include binomial proportions, two-way and three-way contingency tables, logistic regression, log-linear models for large multi-way contingency tables, graphical methods.  The statistical package R will be used.

STAT UN3105 Applied Statistical Methods. 3 points.

Prerequisites: At least one, and preferably both, of STAT UN2103 and UN2104 are strongly recommended. Students without programming experience in R might find STAT UN2102 very helpful.

This course is intended to give students practical experience with statistical methods beyond linear regression and categorical data analysis.  The focus will be on understanding the uses and limitations of models, not the mathematical foundations for the methods.  Topics that may be covered include random and mixed-effects models, classical non-parametric techniques, the statistical theory causality, sample survey design, multi-level models, generalized linear regression, generalized estimating equations and over-dispersion, survival analysis including the Kaplan-Meier estimator, log-rank statistics, and the Cox proportional hazards regression model.  Power calculations and proposal and report writing will be discussed.

STAT UN3106 APPLIED MACHINE LEARNING. 3.00 points.

Prerequisites: STAT UN2103. Students without programming experience in R might find STAT UN2102 very helpful.
Prerequisites: STAT UN2103. Students without programming experience in R might find STAT UN2102 very helpful. This course is a machine learning class from an application perspective. We will cover topics including data-based prediction, classification, specific classification methods (such as logistic regression and random forests), and basics of neural networks. Programming in homeworks will require R

STAT GU4203 PROBABILITY THEORY. 3 points.

Prerequisites: At least one semester, and preferably two, of calculus. An introductory course (STAT UN1201, preferably) is strongly recommended.

A calculus-based introduction to probability theory. A quick review of multivariate calculus is provided. Topics covered include random variables, conditional probability, expectation, independence, Bayes’ rule, important distributions, joint distributions, moment generating functions, central limit theorem, laws of large numbers and Markov’s inequality.

STAT GU4204 Statistical Inference. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).

Prerequisites: STAT GU4203. At least one semester of calculus is required; two or three semesters are strongly recommended.

Calculus-based introduction to the theory of statistics. Useful distributions, law of large numbers and central limit theorem, point estimation, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals maximum likelihood, likelihood ratio tests, nonparametric procedures, theory of least squares and analysis of variance.

STAT GU4205 Linear Regression Models. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: STAT GU4204 or the equivalent, and a course in linear algebra.

Theory and practice of regression analysis. Simple and multiple regression, testing, estimation, prediction, and confidence procedures, modeling, regression diagnostics and plots, polynomial regression, colinearity and confounding, model selection, geometry of least squares. Extensive use of the computer to analyse data.

STAT GU4206 Statistical Computing and Introduction to Data Science. 3 points.

Prerequisites: STAT GU4204 and GU4205 or the equivalent.

Introduction to programming in the R statistical package: functions, objects, data structures, flow control, input and output, debugging, logical design, and abstraction.  Writing code for numerical and graphical statistical analyses.  Writing maintainable code and testing, stochastic simulations, paralleizing data analyses, and working with large data sets.  Examples from data science will be used for demonstration.

COMS W1004 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in Java. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

A general introduction to computer science for science and engineering students interested in majoring in computer science or engineering. Covers fundamental concepts of computer science, algorithmic problem-solving capabilities, and introductory Java programming skills. Assumes no prior programming background. Columbia University students may receive credit for only one of the following two courses: 1004 or 1005.

COMS W1005 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in MATLAB. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

A general introduction to computer science concepts, algorithmic problem-solving capabilities, and programming skills in MATLAB. Assumes no prior programming background. Columbia University students may receive credit for only one of the following two courses: W1004 or W1005.

COMS W1007 Honors Introduction to Computer Science. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: AP Computer Science with a grade of 4 or 5 or similar experience.

An honors-level introduction to computer science, intended primarily for students considering a major in computer science. Computer science as a science of abstraction. Creating models for reasoning about and solving problems. The basic elements of computers and computer programs. Implementing abstractions using data structures and algorithms. Taught in Java.