140.646.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 1st Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Michael Rosenblum
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Discuss the probabilistic foundation of modern statistics
  • Course Description
    Introduces students to the theory of probability and the formal language of uncertainty. Includes the basic concepts of probability; random variables and their distributions; expectations; moment generating functions; probability and expectation inequalities; convergence concepts and limit theorems; transformations of random variables; order statistics. Emphasizes rigorous analysis (including proofs), as well as interpretation of results and simulation for illustration.
  • Intended Audience
    Biostatistics MHS and ScM candidates
  • Methods of Assessment
    Method of student evaluation based on 4-5 problem sets and a final exam.
  • Prerequisites
    Working knowledge of linear algebra, including the ability to invert a matrix; full year college level calculus, plus current working knowledge of it, meaning you can quickly do integration and differentiation of standard functions, which are needed for homework and exam questions.
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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