Last modified: 2017-01-12

FMSF05/MASC01: Probability Theory

The course schedule can be found at this link
The course will be given in English.

Department:
Mathematical Statistics, Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Credits:
7.5 ECTS credits

Requirements:
45 ECTS credits in Mathematics and a course corresponding to MASA01 Mathematical Statistics, General Course.

Time period:
The first part of the spring semester.

Course literature:
A. Gut, "An Intermediate Course in Probability Theory", 2nd edition, Springer 2009. (The book is also available as e-book through the Lund University Libraries.)

Lecturer Spring 2017:  Tatyana Turova

Teacher assistant Spring 2017:


COURSE CONTENT

1. Probability space and random variables.
2. Multivariate random variables. The transformation theorem.
3. Conditional density function. Conditional expectation. Conditional variance.
4. The moment generating function, the characteristic function: definitions, properties. Uniqueness theorem.
5. Sums of a random number of random variables: expected value, variance, moment generating function.
6. Branching process: definition, moment generating function (iteration formula), expected value, variance, probability of ultimate extinction.
7. Order statistics.
8. Multivariate normal distribution. Quadratic forms.
9. Four types of convergence for random variables. Theorems of uniqueness of the limits.
10. Relations between different types of convergence.
11. Borel-Cantelli lemma.
12. The Weak Law of Large Numbers.
13. The Central Limit Theorem.
14. Convergence of the sums of the sequences of random variables.
15. The Poisson process.

ACTUAL INFORMATION

For 2017: Exam: (1) Written exam. The student will be asked to solve some problems; (2) the student WILL get a list of distributions (densities/pmf) relevant to the exam, but no other material is permitted.

Reading :

week 3: Introduction, Chapter I

week 4: Chapter I, Chapter II 1-3, Chapter III 1-7, Chapter IV, Chapter V 1-8, Chapter VI 1-6, Chapter VIII 1.


Assigned problems

The problems are chosen from the textbook. Please, note that we use the 2nd edition of the book for the numbering of problems but one can use 1st edition as well!

Exercises class week 3: Ch. 1, no. 1,2,6,7, 12, 13

Exercises class week 4: Ch. 2, no. 1,3,4,11,35, 39

Exercises class week 5: Ch. 3, no. 3, 4, 10 , 13, 18,22, 26, 30, 40, 45, 46

Exercises class week 6: Ch. 4, no. 2, 3, 4, 10, 13, 19 , Ch 5. 2, 3

Exercises class week 7-8: Ch. 5, no. (2, 3) 4, 6, 7, 11, 15, 20, 21, 29

Exercises class week 8-9: Ch. 6, no. 2, 5, 7, 11, 15, 20, 28, 30

Exercises class week 10: Ch. 8, no. 1, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 15, 18

!!!NEW!!!

EXTRA CLASSES:

March 1: 10:15-12:00 in MH:227

March 6: 8:15-10:00 in MH:227

March 8: 10:15-12:00 in MH:227

Course schedule from January, 16:

Week 3 to week 7
Monday
8:15-10:00
Lecture
E:C
Wednesday
10:15-12:00 Lecture
E:C
Thursday
10:15-12:00 Exercises
MH:362A
Week 8
Thursday
10:15-12:00 Exercises
MH:362A
Week 9
Monday
8:15-10:00
Lecture
E:C
Thursday
10:15-12:00 Exercises
MH:362A

The OLD written exams are found here and here.

Sample old exam and its solution.

EXAMS (written only)

Exam: Date: 16 March 2017. Time: 8-13. Place: MA10c-D.

Resit exam (omtenta): Date: 21 April 2017. Time: 8-13. Place: MA9

Resit exam 2 (omtenta): Date: 19 August 2017. Time: 08-13. Place: VIC: 2A