M466 : Introduction To Mathematical Statistics
When taught by Lyons, the emphasis is on understanding the theory, its assumptions and limitations, and how it is used in practice. Critical thinking is important. When taught by others, the focus is the mathematical theory.
Semester(s) Offered: Spring
Instructor: Usually Lyons
Other Contact(s): Natasha Blitvic
Prerequisites: M463, which in turn requires linear algebra.
Algebra Required?: Used throughout.
Calculus Required?: Hardly used.
Day(s) per week offered: 2 days per week with unscheduled labs for homework
Substantive Orientation: Social sciences, but also useful for astronomy, epidemiology, and medicine.
Statistical Orientation: Frequentist.
Books used: Statistics by Freedman, Pisani and Purves and Statistical Models by Freedman.
Applied/Theoretical: It encompasses both, focusing on the link between the two.
How the software is used: Data analysis.
Problem Sets: Yes.
Data Analysis: Yes.
Presentations: Group project.
Comments: A lot of work is required.