The University of Utah

Math 5090-001: Fall 2009
Statistical Inference II

Instructor Davar Khoshnevisan (JWB 102)
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Text Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics by Lee J. Bain and Max Engelhardt
Lectures H 6:00-9:00 p.m., JTB 120
Prerequisite A grade of "C" or better in Math 5080 or equivalent.
No. of Credits 3 (fulfills "Quantitative Reasoning" [Math & Stat/Logic] and "Quantitative Intensive" BS).

Description Interval estimation, hypothesis testing, likelihood method, errors, optimality, order statistics, nonparametric methods, rank statistics. The grade is based on weekly assignments (50%), one midterm exam (25%), and a final (25%). The student's course grade is then based on the following table:
Scored Points0-4950-60 61-7576-8586-100
Course GradeED CBA

  • There are no make-up exams and assignments in this course. The students will do well to make all of their semester's plans in advance with these and the following remarks in mind:
  • The only exceptions to the " no makeups" rule are: (a) Medical emergencies, together with written evidence of such an emergency; or (b) conflicting, and official, university-related 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 accident-related 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 exam, as well as the final, are given in the lecture hall. The final is [truly] comprehensive.

Important Dates
Aug 24 Classes begin
Sep 7 Labor Day Holiday
Oct 12-17 Fall Break
Oct 8 Midterm
Nov 26-27 Thanksgiving Break
Dec 11 Classes end
Dec 17 Final exam 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (JTB 120)

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