Bi8600 Multivariate Methods

Faculty of Science
autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
2/1/0. 3 credit(s) (fasci plus compl plus > 4). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
RNDr. Jiří Jarkovský, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Eva Budinská, Ph.D. (lecturer)
RNDr. Danka Haruštiaková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
RNDr. Eva Koriťáková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lucie Kubínová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Ladislav Dušek, Ph.D.
RECETOX - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Ladislav Dušek, Ph.D.
Supplier department: RECETOX - Faculty of Science
Mon 18. 9. to Fri 15. 12. Tue 12:00–14:50 D29/347-RCX2
Bi5040 Biostatistics Knowledge on basic unidimensional exploratory statistical techniques, analysis of variance, correlation analysis, simple regression.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course the student is able to: Prepare a dataset for multivariate analysis correctly; Describe multivariate data; Use multivariate statistical tests; Select appropriate distance or similarity metrics; Compute and visualize association matrices; Apply clustering algorithms and have knowledge of their principles; Apply ordination methods and have knowledge of their principles; Choose appropriate method for multidimensional data analysis based on advantages and limitations of the methods;Interpret results of multivariate analysis.
  • Purpose and aims of multivariate data analysis – examples of multivariate data analysis, advantages and disadvantages of multivariate data analysis, data matrices, tabular and graphical visualization of multivariate data.
  • Matrix operations, inverse matrix, characteristic polynomial, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, singular value decomposition (SVD)
  • Multivariate distributions – random variables, descriptive statistics, confidence interval, outliers
  • Multivariate statistical tests – multivariate t-test, multivariate analysis of variance
  • Distance and similarity metrics in multidimensional space
  • Association matrices – calculation and visualization, descriptive statistics, operations with association matrices (Mantel test, MEANSIM, ANOSIM, association matrix regression)
  • Hierarchical cluster analysis – agglomerative methods, divisive methods.
  • Non-hierarchical cluster analysis, identification of optimal number of clusters.
  • Ordination methods – principles of data reduction, selection and extraction of variables.
  • Ordination methods – principal component analysis (PCA)
  • Ordination methods – correspondence analysis (CA), multidimensional scaling (MDS)
  • Basics of data classification, summary of methods for multivariate data analysis.
  • Legendre, P., Legendre, L. (1998) Numerical ecology. Elsevier, 2nd ed.
  • ter Braak, C.J.F. (1996). Unimodal models to relace species to environment. DLO-Agricultural Mathematics Group, Wageningen
  • Zar, J.H. (1998) Biostatistical analysis. Prentice Hall, London. 4th ed.
  • Flury, B., Riedwyl, H. (1988) Multivariate statistics. A practical approach. Chapman and Hall, London
Teaching methods
Theoretical lectures supplemented by commented examples; students are encouraged to ask questions about discussed topics.
Assessment methods
The final examination is in written form and requires knowledge of multivariate methods principles, prerequisites and application.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2007 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Autumn 2010 - only for the accreditation, Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, autumn 2021.
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