Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. FMS155 overlap following cours/es: MAS231, MAS231, MASM15, MAS231, MASM15, MAS231 och MASM15. Optional for: D4, F4, F4sfm, I4fi, Pi4, Pi4fm, Pi4mrk, RH4. Course coordinator: Nader Tajvidi,, Matematisk statistik. Recommended prerequisits: A basic course in mathematical statistics. Additional probability theory corresponding to FMSF05 helps. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 16. Assessment: Written exam and compulsory computer exercises. Further information: The course is also given at the faculty of science with the code MASM15. Home page:

The course aims to give theoretical knowledge in mathematical modelling of extreme events and discusses in detail how the theory can be applied in practice. Different courses of action for modelling of extreme values are discussed and guidance is given as to how the models can be modified to fit different practical situations. The students should also learn about more advanced models for extreme value analysis, including multivariate extreme value distributions and extreme values for non-stationary processes.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Extreme value theory concerns mathematical modelling of random extreme events. Recent development has introduced mathematical models for extreme values and statistical methods for them. Extreme values are of interest in, e.g., economics, safety and reliability, insurance mathematics, hydrology, meteorology, environmental sciences, and oceanography, as well as branches in statistics such as sequential analysis and robust statistics. The theory is used, e.g., for flood monitoring, construction of oil rigs, and calculation of insurance premiums for re-insurance of storm damage. Often extreme values can lead to very large consequences, both financial and in the loss of life and property. At the same time the experience of really extreme events is always very limited. Extreme value statistics is therefore forced to difficult and uncertain extrapolations, but is, none the less, necessary in order to use available experience in order to solve important problems.

The course will present the fundamental statistical methods for extreme value analysis, discuss examples of applications, i.a., regarding floods, storm damage, human life expectancy, and corrosion, provide practical use of the models, and point to some open problems and possible developments.

Coles, S: An Introduction to Statistical Modelling of Extreme Values. Springer-Verlag 2001.