STA448 Multivariate Statistical Analysis (8)

This subject introduces students to multivariate statistical modelling techniques through an applied approach to data analysis. The emphasis is on demonstration of techniques and their applicability via investigations of the various methodologies. The use of real life data and software packages is also emphasised in this subject to illustrate the power and limitations of multivariate methods.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed STA347

Assumed Knowledge

STA201 or STA401 or STA501

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to use a variety of matrix notations and perform matrix algebra used in multivariate analysis;
  • be able to analyse multivariate data with summary estimates and correct visualisation;
  • be able to classify given complex problems, arising from a variety of professional or research contexts, by checking assumptions to select the appropriate analysis techniques;
  • be able to apply the chosen technique to solve the complex problem;
  • be able to report and explain the results of the analysis to a variety of audiences, including those with or without statistical backgrounds; and
  • be able to use statistical packages in analysis of real data arising from a variety of professional or research contexts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introductory matrix notations and matrix algebra.
  • Multivariate data: summary statistics and graphical visualisation.
  • The Multivariate Normal Distribution.
  • Principal Components analysis.
  • Discriminant analysis.
  • Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA).
  • Canonical correlation analysis.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of STA448 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Computer exercise
Assignment 1: matrix and summary statistics
Assignment 2: mvn and pca
Online test
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.