(Created 2011-09-01.)
 STATISTICAL METHODS FOR SAFETY ANALYSIS FMS065
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: G2 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. Compulsory for: RH4rh. Optional for: C4, Pi4, Pi4mrk. Course coordinator: Director of studies Anna Lindgren, studierektor@matstat.lu.se, Mathematical Statistics. Recommended prerequisits: Basic course in Mathematical Statistics or Statistics. Assessment: Written exam and compulsory computer exercises. Parts: 2. Home page: http://www.maths.lth.se/matstat/kurser/fms065/.

Aim
The course presents notions and ideas from the foundations of a statistical treatment of risks. The emphasis lies on an understanding of the theory and methods presented. Hence the focus is put on applications within the field of risk and safety analysis.

Since in risks estimations one needs to combine information from different sources the Bayesian methods are frequently used in that area. Hence a reasonable proportion of the course is devoted to such approaches. In order to be able to analyse and predict frequencies of occurrences of hazardous scenarios, modern statistical tools, namely Poisson regression, analysis of deviance, extreme value theory and threshold methods are presented . The knowledge of such tools facilitates the understanding of the role of probability in risk analysis and proper use of outputs given by software packages.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

• be able to estimate intensities of accidents and model the dependence on some explanatory variables,

• be able to identify situations when uncertainty of the derived results can not be neglected, often when a limited amount of data is available,

• be able to include different types of information into an estimate of risk using Bayes methods.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

• be able to read specialised literature in the field of risk and safety where concepts of intensities, probabilities, safety indexes are often used,

• understand and be able to quantify the uncertainties of frequently used risk measures,

• be able to validate models used to derive the risk measures.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

• better understand the concepts used in other courses to measure risks,

• have tools to analyse uncertainties in derived risks,

• understand the role of probability in risk analysis and properly use the outputs given by software packages.

Contents
A review of elementary concepts in probability theory; Independence, conditional probabilities, random variables, probability distribution functions, expected value, variance, covariance.

Presentation and simple applications of Bayes' Theorem, Central Limit Theorem, Law of Large Numbers and Law of Small Numbers.

Classical statistical inference; maximum likelihood method, confidence interval, hypotheses testing (goodness of fit tests). Introduction to bootstrap and the delta method to construct confidence intervals.

Introduction to Bayesian statistics; predictive probabilities, conjugated priors, credibility intervals.

Intensities, Poisson modelling; estimation, Poisson regression.

Some concepts from safety and reliability analysis, failure intensities, safety indexes, characteristic values.

Estimation of quantiles using POT-method.

Introduction to extreme values statistics. Estimation of design events, e.g. strength of 100 years storm, and uncertainty analysis of the estimates.

Literature
Rychlik, I, & Rydén, J: Probability and Risk Analysis - An Introduction for Engineers. Springer 2006, ISBN 3-540-24223-6

Parts

Code: 0109. Name: Examination.
Higher education credits: 6,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam.

Code: 0209. Name: Laboratory Work.
Higher education credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Computer exercises.