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Hilton Memorial Lecture
Math 448 Mathematical Statistics.
|Section 01||Section 02|
|Instructor:||Xingye Qiao||Ganggang Xu|
|Phone number:||(607) 777-2593||(607) 777-3550|
|Meeting time:||MWF 8:00–9:30|
|Location:||LH 003||FA 246|
|Office hours:|| MW 3:00–4:00 |
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Math 447 with a grade of C or better. Probability is the foundation of developing statistical inference. There will be a probability aptitude test (referred to as the PAT below) at the beginning of the course. Please review materials in Math 447 as early and as thoroughly as possible, especially if you took Math 447 semesters ago. Lack of aptitude in probability may increase the difficulty in the current course.
This course is a 4-credit course, which means that students are expected to do at least 12.5 hours of course-related work or activity each week during the semester. This includes scheduled class lecture/discussion meeting times as well as time spent completing assigned readings, studying for tests and examinations, preparing written and computing assignments, and other course-related tasks.
Mathematical Statistics with Applications (7th ed.) by Wackerly, Mendenhall, and Scheaffer.
In the University Bookstore, the list price for the soft cover version is 167 USD, and for the hard cover version 315 USD (as of 2014). Amazon has the hard cover book at price of 247 USD. You may also try to rent the textbook from providers such as Amazon.
R is chosen to be the statistical software used in the current course. There are many online resources where the students can learn the basics of R.
Please install R before the beginning of the semester. In addition to R, some may find RStudio to be handy. Downloads:
|Quiz & homework||Daily||200||Quiz: 10-20 minutes/day if given|
|Probability Aptitude Test (PAT)||Sep 09||40||40 minutes|
|Test 1||Oct 2||160||90 minutes|
|Test 2||Oct 26||160||90 minutes|
|Test 3||Nov 23||160||90 minutes|
|* Attendance Bonus||5–20|
| * Missing more than 12 classes|
(including three waivers)
At the end of each class session, the instructor can choose to administer a quiz or to collect the homework assigned at the last class session.
Attendance is partially mandatory, enforced by the daily quiz/homework. Full attendance will be rewarded as follows:
Following the academic policy listed in the University Bulletin and the faculty-staff handbook, the instructor will NOT grade exams of any student missing more than 25% of the quiz/homework. The final grade will be an F if a student misses more than 25% of the quiz/homework. In particular, faculty-staff handbook, VII.B.2. stipulates that
instructors have the right to deny a student the privilege of taking the final examination or of receiving credit for the course, or may prescribe other academic penalties if the student misses more than 25 percent of the total class sessions. Excessive tardiness may count as absence.
For Fall 2015, missing 12 classes will lead to an F.
|5||Sep-28||Sep-30||Oct-02: Test 1|
|9||Oct-26||Oct-28: Test 2||Oct-30|
|13||Nov-23: Test 3||Nov-25|
42 class sessions (39 regular sessions + 3 full exam sessions) * 1.5 hours $=$ 63 hours.
Note that a “Pass” grade in the “Pass/Fail” grade option does not count toward math degrees. If you are a math major, it is not advised to change the grade option to “Pass/Fail” unless you are ready to retake the course at a later time.
If you need to take a make-up, if possible, an advance request should be given. Checkable written proof to justify the request should be given.
In order to minimize the need for make-up exams and the stress of dealing with multiple exams, within the first two weeks of the semester, all students must check the exam schedules of other courses they are taking and make sure that there is no major conflict. The exam dates may be changed accordingly only if the instructor determines necessary.
Students found cheating will be reported to the Provost Office following the academic procedure listed in the University Bulletin. Laptop and electrical communication devices cannot be used in a quiz, test or exam. Calculator in a cellphone cannot be used. Calculators are allowed for quizzes and tests.
Calculators are allowed for quizzes and tests.
Text messaging should be minimal. Late arrivals, early departures, cell phone conversations, eating and drinking, etc., are inappropriate behaviors. According to the Faculty-Staff Handbook, the instructor may ask those who, in the instructor’s judgment, have seriously impaired the class’s ability to achieve the objectiveness of the course, to leave the classroom.