
Math 10702: Spring 2008
Introduction to Statistical Inference

Instructor 
Davar Khoshnevisan (JWB 102) 
Email 
davar@math.utah.edu 
Office Hours 
Wednesdays 12 pm (JWB 102) or by prior appointment
(via email) 
WWW 
http://www.math.utah.edu/~davar 


Text 
Statistics by A. Agresti and C. Franklin, Prentice Hall 
Lectures 
Wed. 6:009:00 p.m., LCB 225 
Prerequisite  A math. ACT score of 23 or higher,
or a grade of C or better in MATH 1010 (Intermediate algebra).

No. of Credits  3 (fulfills the QB requirement). 


Description 
This is an introductory semester in statistics,
and fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning QB requirement in
Statistics and Logic.
The main objective of this course
is to introduce some of the elementary methods of
classical statistics. They include descriptive statistics,
estimation methods for popoulation means and proportions,
confidence intervals, twosample problems, simple linear regression,
and elements of analysis of variance. 

Attendence is mandatory.
[The text is a supplement to the lectures.] 


Grading Policy 
The course grade is based on weekly
assignments, two midterms (1 hr each), and a
comprehensive final examination (2 hrs). 

Each midterm covers the material introduced
since the previous midterm.
The maximum possible number of points for each category are


 Homework 
Midterm 1 
Midterm 2 
Final 
Points possible 
30 
20 
20 
30 


The student's course grade is then based on the following table: 

Scored Points  049  5060 
6175  7690  91100 
Course Grade  E  D 
C  B  A 



Makeups 
 There are no makeups in this course.
The students should make all of their
semesters' plans in advance. This is nonnegotiable.
 The only exceptions to this rule are: (a) Medical emergencies, together
with written evidence of such an emergency; or (b) conflicting, and official,
universityrelated activities (such as athletic meets) with written documentation.
If you can present written documentation for missing an exam, then
I will arrange for an oral exam whose grade will replace the missed examination.



Assignments and Examinations

 Assignments are made weekly; you can find them
by clicking on "Assignments" on the bottom of this page.
Assignments include problems as well as reading.
 I will drop the lowest two homework scores.
 Late homeworks are not accepted under any conditions.
If you cannot turn in a homework due to medical and/or accidentrelated emergencies,
and if you can produce proper documentation, then I will replaced the missed
homework by the average score of your other homeworks (before I drop the lowest
two homework scores). Else, you will not receive credit for the missed homework.
 A good policy for studying for this course is be to attempt
the homeworks on time. Then, use the subsequent office hours
and discussion sections to understand any or all
of your unresolved problems.

The midterm exams, as well as the final, are given in the lecture hall.

Midterm 1 includes everything upto the material covered by the end of Feb. 6th.

Midterm 2 does not include the material of Midterm 1; but it does
includes everything up to the material covered by March 5th.

The final is [truly] comprehensive.



Important Dates
 Final exam
6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m. (LCB 225)
Jan 7 
Classes begin 
Jan 21 
Martin Luther King Holiday 
Feb 13 
Midterm 1 
Feb 18 
Presidents' Day Holiday 
Mar 12  Midterm 2 
Mar 1722  Spring Break 
Apr 23  Classes end 
Apr 30 
