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Collection Development



A. Purpose and Program Description

The Libraries seek to support research and teaching in the Statistics & Actuarial Science Department. The Collection supports the needs of the educational programmes offered by the Department, at both undergraduate and the postgraduate levels leading to the BSc, the research-based MPhil and PhD degrees, M.Stat degree by course work and also the MFIN in collaboration with the School of Business.

Research Focus
The research interests of members of the Department vary but cover both streams: Statistics and Actuarial Science. These include linear and non-linear time series analysis; social, economic and demographic surveys and their analysis; quality assurance; statistical ranking and selection; medical statistics and biomedical research; statistical computing; capture-recapture experiment; inference on stochastic process via martingale theory; analysis of infectious disease; multivariate and linear models; stock market models; finance; game theory; kernel density estimation; survival analysis; compositional data analysis; bootstrap, jacknife, cross-validation and related methods; experiments with mixtures; computer graphics; simulation; theoretical problems in statistical inference; actuarial mathematics; actuarial applications of financial economic theory; insurance risk models; stochastic investment models, value at risk.

Multi-disciplinary treatment of subjects
They are usually courses that are concerned with: Financial mathematics, Computational sciences, Numerical methods and Biostatistics.

User Groups
The Collection serves the University faculty members, undergraduates and postgraduates major in the subject. Inherent in the nature of the subject, it also covers users from the four faculties Arts, Business and Economics, Science, Social Sciences who worked either in collaboration and/or have study interests related to the subject.


B. General Selection Guidelines (See Classed Analysis)

Overall, the Libraries' existing collection and acquisitions commitment, based upon available resources, and its collection goal for the subject areas are at the Research level.


C. Specific Delimitations

  1. Formats collected: Extensive variety of formats are collected. We collect monographs, annuals, reference tools, scholarly series, periodicals, CD-ROMs and other electronic tools, and videocassettes extensively ; textbooks and dissertations (other than HKU dissertations), selectively.
  2. Imprint Dates Collected: We collect current publications extensively, and earlier materials selectively.
  3. Chronological Focus: Contemporary. No limit to coverage in terms of intellectual content but emphasis is on collecting most recent materials.
  4. Languages Collected: We collect English language materials extensively and non-English language materials selectively, with translations into English are preferred.
  5. Place of Publication: We collect extensively materials from North American, European and United Kingdom and other materials selectively.