Computational Probability and Statistics

Course number: 
CIS 2033
Fall 2015
Name E-mail Office location
Pei Wang
Science Education and Research Center (SERC), Room 347

CIS 1068 (or CIS 1073) and MATH 1041 (or MATH 1031) with grades of C- or better
(if a prerequisite course was taken before 2012, a grade of C is required)

  • Main textbook: Probability and Statistics for Computer Scientists, Second Edition, by Michael Baron, Chapman and Hall/CRC 2013, ISBN: 978-1-4398-7590-2
  • Reference textbooks: 
    • A Modern Introduction to Probability and Statistics. By Dekking, F.M., Kraaikamp, C., Lopuhaa, H.P., Meester, L.E. Springer 2007, ISBN: 978-1-85233-896-1
    • Introduction to Probability, 2nd Edition. By Dimitri P. Bertsekas, John N. Tsitsiklis
Topics covered: 
  • Probability and random variables
  • Discrete and continuous distributions
  • Conditional probability and independence
  • Joint distributions and independence
  • Expectation and variance
  • Covariance and correlation
  • Simulation of random variables
  • Descriptive and graphical statistics
  • Parameter estimation
Course goals: 
Understand the fundamental notations and concepts in probability theory and statistics; master the basic formulas and methods in probability theory and statistics; relate probability and statistical models to various practical problems; and practice probability and statistical tools by programming in Matlab.
Attendance policy: 
Attendance to each class and laboratory is mandatory
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities: 
Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability, including special accommodations for access to technology resources and electronic instructional materials required for the course, should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation by the end of the second week of classes or as soon as practical. If you have not done so already, please contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to learn more about the resources available to you. I will work with DRS to coordinate reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities. (
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