Lectures: | Tue Thu 10:05-11:20am | Social Sci 139 | |||

Prof: | Robert L. Wolpert | TAs: | Simon Lunagomez | Margaret Polinkovsky | |

E-mail: |
wolpert@stat.duke.edu |
sl65@stat.duke.edu |
mp43@stat.duke.edu | ||

IM: | BayesianStatGuy | ||||

Office: | Old Chem 211c, 684-3275 | Old Chem 211a/b | Old Chem 211a/b | ||

OH: | Thu 2-3pm | M/W 11:30-1, Fri 1-2pm | M 3-5pm/W 1:30-3pm | ||

Tue Thu 11:20-11:30am (after class, in classroom) |

Course: | Syllabus | Exam Formula Sheet |
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Computing: | Splus, R | MatLab |

The course text is Jim Pitman, Probability (1st edn 7th printing). All class materials are distributed on-line via the web; for example, you will be able to view homework assignments (and sometimes class notes) on the Syllabus.

The only way to be sure you're learning the course material is to solve problems (or, as Sophocles put it, One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.) Ten weekly problem sets are assigned through the on-line syllabus. Homeworks are collected at class each Tuesday, and are (usually) returned the following Tuesday class after which solutions will be posted on the web. Late homeworks are accepted with a penalty of about 10% per day, up until the solutions are posted. Lateness penalties are waived for students with a Dean's Excuse, and for all students the lowest homework score will be dropped.

You may work with other students on the homework problems, but your
final answers should be written up independently: copying homework
solutions is not allowed. You are encouraged to ask the professor and
the TAs for help on your homework (in person or by e-mail), **after**
you have tried to solve the problems on your own. Questions about
homework scores should first be addressed to the TAs.

**HELP is available!**
The TAs and I both have office-hours (see above); in addition, Duke Statistics maintains
an open **Help Session** every Mon-Fri in the Statistical Education and
Consulting Center, located in room 211a/b Old Chem, where a statistics graduate
student will be happy to help you (detailed times and staffing are listed on
the SECC website). There may
also be grad students from other departments, helping students in the
introductory statistics courses--- be sure to find an Duke Statistics grad student
(their schedules are listed
on-line).
Our own TAs, Simon and Margaret, will
be there mid-day every Monday and Wednesday.

Some homework assignments will have a computing component. You may use
whaterver computing environment you prefer; good choices include
MatLab, R, S-Plus, C,
Mathematica, or Maple (all of these will become
tools you can use in later work, making them preferable to spreadsheets like
Excel, old-fashioned statistics environments like
SAS or SPSS, introductory languages like
BASIC or Pascal). If you are undecided I would
recommend Matlab or R or S-Plus, for which you can get help from your
instructors and can find a free primer or notes on the web.
A Duke site license allows current Duke faculty and students to get a
**free** copy of S-Plus for use on
their home or laptop (windows or linux) computers. There is also an
open-source work-alike called R which
is in some ways superior to the commercial products, is available for
windows, Mac, linux, and many other platforms, and is of course free.

In each week's lectures I will try to help clear up topics that many
find difficult, and will try to illustrate tough (or fun) ideas with
interesting examples. I can *not* cover every important topic in class,
however, there just isn't enough time. The
syllabus lists reading assignments each week (it's just the textbook
chapter preceeding the next week's homework problems); **you** are
responsible for learning the material from any combination of the text,
problems, and lectures. Please ask questions in class or office-hours or by
e-mail if you are struggling (or just curious) about topics from that week's
readings.

Fall 2000: | 1st Midterm | 2nd Midterm | Final Exam | ||||
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Fall 2003: | 1st Midterm | 2nd Midterm | Final Exam | ||||

Fall 2004: | 1st Midterm | 2nd Midterm | Final Exam |

Course grades are based on two in-class Midterm Exams (20% each), ten weekly Homework assignments (20% total), and a cumulative Final Exam (the rest, 40%). Missed homeworks receive zero scores and late homeworks are penalized, but lowest homework is dropped. Histograms and summary statistics of midterm and final exam grades will be added to the syllabus web page. Each student's current average and course grade are available from the instructor at any time.

Cheating on exams, plagiarism on homeworks and projects, lying about an illness or absence and other forms of academic dishonesty are a breach of trust with classmates and faculty, and will not be tolerated. They also violate the Duke Community Standard and will be referred to the Undergraduate Judicial Board (UJB).

Students who miss tests or assignments due to family tragedy, religious holiday observance, varsity athletic trip or class field trip, etc., or who have three examinations scheduled within 24 hours, may be eligible for a Dean's Excuse; check with your academic dean for details. No excuse is needed simply for missing class, only for missed assignments and examinations. Duke does not issue Dean's Excuses for short-term illness; if you are too ill to complete an assignment or attend an examination, inform your instructor as soon as possible and make arrangements to make up the missed work, preferably though the on-line Short-term Illness Notification procedure. Note that the Duke Community Standard sanctions apply for abuse of either of these procedures.