課程概述 
This is an advanced course intended for senior undergraduate and graduate students with knowledge of basic statistics including random variables, analysis of variance, regression analysis, and rankbased nonparametric statistics. We will discuss several computerintensive statistical methods. We will discuss the theory, assumption, and application of these methods in ecological problems. The course is designed for handon work. Students need to get familiar with at least one computer language to do the statistics. Most of work can be done with MatLab, but any other programming language will do equally well. Sometimes, we will use welldeveloped software when the computation is too complicated and beyond the basic level. There will be dedicated time every week for students to present their works and to discuss the application of these methods on real world problems. The topics may include:
1. Introduction to random variables
2. Distribution and random number generator
3. Dimension reduction methods
4. Monte Carlo method
5. Permutation, Bootstrap, Jackknife, Subsampling and Resampling
6. Interpolation, optimization, minimization,
7. Maximum likelihood
8. Categorical and regression tree
9. Kernel smoothing
10. Simple neural network
11. Missing data
12. Stochastic time series analysis
13. Spectral analysis
14. Fractal
15. Nonlinear time series analysis
