1/14/2020

Today’s Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Course Syllabus
    • Lectures
    • Homework
    • Exams
    • Grades
  • What is Statistics?
  • What is Probability?

Introductions

Hi, I’m Ha!

Introductions

  • Common quesiton: How do I say your last name?
    • Nguyen

Introductions

  • Common quesiton: How do I say your last name?
    • Nguyen

penGUIN

Introductions

  • Another common quesiton: Where am I from?

Introductions

  • Another common quesiton: Where am I from?
    • Short answer: Vietnam

Introductions

  • Another common quesiton: Where am I from?
    • Long answer:

Introductions

Introductions

Course Website

Textbook

  • No required textbook.
  • Reference text:
    • Probability and Statistical Inference
    • By Hogg, Tanis and sometimes Zimmerman
    • Editions: 9th, 8th, 7th
    • Textbook format on course website: 1.1 [1.1, 1.1]

Course Outline

  • Part 1:
    • Probability Theory
  • Part 2:
    • Statistics and Estimation
  • Part 3:
    • Hypothesis Testing

Detailed schedule can be found on the course website.

Course Format

  • 3 Lectures / Week
  • 1 Discussion / Week (on Monday)
  • (Nearly) Weekly Homework
  • 2 Midterm Exams
  • 1 Final Exam

Lectures

  • Lecture notes will be posted at least 24 hours before lecture.
  • Students are encouraged to:
    • Print notes and write on the printed lecture notes.
    • Take notes on tablets.
    • Take notes on anything you like.
  • Annotated notes will be posted on the course website after lecture.
    • BUT writing your OWN notes is extremely helpful for you to learn AND understand the material.

Homework

  • There will be 12 homework assignments, each worth 10 points.
  • The lowest 2 homework scores will be dropped.
  • Homework is:
    • Posted right after Friday lecture.
    • Due a week later, in class on Friday.
  • No late homework will be accepted.
  • Homework solution will be posted right after lecture on Friday.

Exam

  • There will be 2 Midterm Exams worth 100 points each.
  • There will be a comprehensive Final Exam worth 200 points.

  • Exam 1:
    • Wednesday, 03/04/2020, 7:00 PM - 8:20 PM
    • At Lincoln Hall Theater (Lincoln Hall 1053)
  • Exam 2:
    • Wednesday, 04/22/2020, 7:00 PM - 8:20 PM
    • At Lincoln Hall Theater (Lincoln Hall 1053)
  • Final Exam:
    • Monday, 05/11/2020, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

Course Grading

Type Points
Homework 100
Midterm Exam I 100
Midterm Exam II 100
Final Exam 200
Course Total 500

Course Grading

  • Will the grades be curved?
    • No (and you will understand why you would prefer it that way!)
  • Are there extra credits?
    • No! But your 2 lowest homework grades will be dropped!
  • Is the final exam comprehensive?
    • Yes!

Getting Help in STAT 400

You have many options to get help for this class:

  • Piazza
  • Email me at hknguyen@illinois.edu
    • From your Illinois email account (@illinois.edu)
    • Make sure your email subject line follows the format:
    • [STAT 400] <subject>
  • Instructor’s office hours
  • TA office hours

Other Resources

  • stat400.org
  • All homework assignments, practice problems and exams on this website are great resources for you to practice the course material on your own.
  • Our class material follows closely the material provided at stat400.org with the permissions from Dr. David Dalpiaz and Dr. Alexey Stepanov.
  • But there have been changes, modifications to many parts of the course as the course grows.
  • It is extremely important that you check the course website for our specific course material.

Questions?

Any Questions?

Comments? Concerns?

What is Statistics?

  • Actually, what is a statistic?

What is Statistics?

  • Actually, what is a statistic?
    • A function of data.

What is Statistics?

  • Actually, what is a statistic?
    • A function of data.