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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Statistics

STAT 702

702—Introduction to Statistical Theory I. (3) (Prereq: MATH 241) Fundamental theory of statistics and how it applies to industrial problems. Topics include probability, random variables and vectors and their distributions, sampling theory, point and interval estimators, and application to the theory of reliability, regression, process control and quality issues. Not to be used for M.S. or Ph.D. credit in statistics.

Sample Course Homepage: Recent Semester

Usually Offered: Odd Numbered Falls

Purpose: To expose the student to the basic concepts of theoretical statistics necessary for the solid understanding of the statistical procedures and methods typically used by practicing industrial personnel at an advanced level.

Current Textbook: Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis (2nd edition), by John A. Rice, Duxbury Press, 1995.


Topics Covered
Introduction to Probability: sample spaces, events, counting methods, axioms, laws of probability, conditional probability, independence, Baye's rule
2 weeks
Random Variables and Distributions I - Discrete Distributions: densities, distributions, expectation, generating functions, various discrete distributions
part of 4
1.5 weeks
Random Variables and Distributions II - Continuous Distributions: densities, distributions, expectations, moment generating functions; gamma, normal, Weibull distributions and applictions to life testing and quality control, in particular; Chebyshev's inequality, normal approximations, transformation of variables
part of 4
3 weeks
Random Variables and Distributions III - Joint Distributions: discrete and continuous cases; covariance, correlation and independence; conditional distributions and expectations with applications
part of 4
2 weeks
Sampling Distributions: central limit theorem; chi-square, t, and F distributions; distribution of sample mean and sample variance
2 weeks
Sampling and Estimation: random sampling and statistics, likelihood, maximum likelihood estimation, method of moments estimation, bayes methods, interval estimation
7.2-7.3, 8.1-8.5
2.5 weeks

The above textbook and course outline should correspond to the most recent offering of the course by the Statistics Department. Please check the current course homepage or with the instructor for the course regulations, expectations, and operating procedures.  

Contact Faculty: Brian Habing, Don Edwards