Fall Semester, 2001

Course: M5090-2, Statistical Inference II

(meets W, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, JTB 120)

Instructor: Dr. A.D.Roberts, JWB 312, 581-6710;


Office Hours: W, 4:40pm to 5:30pm; also at other times by appointment

Text: Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics, by L Bain and M. Engelhardt (second edition)

Prerequisite: Math 5080, Statistical Inference II


Course Content

This course is the second in a sequence of two that intoduce the mathematical concepts of statistical inference. The topics covered in this course include: hypothesis testing, likelihood method, optimality, order statistics, nonparametric methods, rank statistics, linear models, and reliability concepts (Chapters 12 through 16 in the above text).

Course Grading

Quizzes (lowest two scores dropped) 12%

Midterm Average (3) 48%

Final Examination 40%

Total 100%


A(91-100); A-(85-90); B+(80-84); B(75-79); B-(70-74); C+(65-69); C(60-64); C-(55-59); D+(50-54); D(40-49); D-(25-39); E(0-24)


1.Quizzes: There will be approximately 9-10 quizzes, one given each week when there is no midterm. These quizzes will be In the form of short ten-minute quizzes at the beginning of class or longer take-home quizzes due at the start of class. Quizzes will be based on homework material and class discussions. In computing the quiz average, the lowest two quiz scores will be dropped. Since the lowest two quiz scores will be dropped, no makeups will be given on quizzes.

2. Midterms: There will be three midterms, 60 minutes in length, tentatively scheduled for: 9/19, 10/24, 11/28. Since this is a three-hour class meeting once a week, it is important to note that on the night a midterm is given, new course material will be covered during the rest of the class session.

3. The Final Examination is comprehensive and is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

4. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that reasonable accommodations be made for students with physical, sensory, cognitive, systemic, learning, and psychiatric disabilities. Please contact me at the beginning of the semester to discuss any such accomodations for the course.

6. Withdrawals: Please note that the last day to withdraw from the class is Friday, October 19, 2001.

Tentative Schedule

Week Topic

1-4: Ch 12
5-7: Ch 13; Midterm 1 (5th week, 9/19)
8-10: Ch 14; Midterm 2 (10th week, 10/24)
11-13: Ch 14-15
14-16: Ch 15-16; Midterm 3 (15th week, 11/28)
q17: Final Examination, 12/12, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Homework (Subject to change

Ch 12: 1,2,3,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,16,17,18,19,21,22,24,27,28,29,30,31,37,38
Ch 13: 4,5,9,10,11,12,15,16,18,21
Ch 14: 1,2,11,12,13,15,17,18,19
Ch 15: 1,2,5,6,7,8,11,16,17,19,22
Ch 16: 1,3,5,6,7,8,,9