Reading Group in Mathematical Statistics


Lecturer(s) :

Mohammadi Jouzdani Neda
Panaretos Victor




Only this year


This reading course will focus on non-asymptotic theory in the conetxt of high-dimensional statistics. Specifically, we will study the performance of modern statistical procedures when the number of variables is comparable to sample size, and consider explicit non-asymptotic performance bounds.


In this course we mainly focus on non-asymptotic theory in high-dimensional statistics, covering capters 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 12, and 13 of Wainwright (2019).  In more detail, we investigate high-dimensional statistics based on a fixed (large) number of sample size n and dimension d. The content of the course is divided in two parts: (a) Chapters 2, 3, and 6 develop some foundamental techniques and derive theory (including standard techniques on tail bounds and concentration inequalities, geometric notions of covering and packing in metric saces and theor connection to Gaussian processes, and RKHS theory) that are broadly applicable in high-dimensional statistics. (b) Chapters 4, 5, and 7 concern particular models and statistical estimation problems (including high dimensional covariance estimation, sparse regression models, and nonparametric least squares) thate are frequently arising in applications.



1. Introduction

2. Basic tail and concentration bounds

3. Metric entropy and its uses

4. Random matrices and covariance estimation

5. Sparse linear models in high dimensions

6. Reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces

7. Nonparametric least squares


The course is based on the following book:

[1] Martin J. Wainwright. High-Dimensional Statistics A Non-Asymptotic Viewpoint. Cambridge University Press, 2019.


non-asymptotic statistical theory

high-dimensional statistics

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Statistical Theory, Stochastic Processes, Linear Models, Multivariate Analysis

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

In the programs

    • Semester
    • Exam form
       Oral presentation
    • Credits
    • Subject examined
      Reading Group in Mathematical Statistics
    • Lecture
      14 Hour(s)
    • Practical work
      28 Hour(s)

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German