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Unit information: Further Topics In Probability 4 in 2016/17

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Unit name Further Topics In Probability 4
Unit code MATHM0018
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Balazs
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Applied Probability 2 (MATH 21400).

Co-requisites

None.

School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description

Unit aims

To outline, discuss, and prove with full mathematical rigour some of the key results in classical probability theory; with special emphasis on applications.

General Description of the Unit

This course deals with various analytic tools used and exploited in probability theory. Various modes of convergence of random variables (almost surely, weak, in probability, in Lp and in distribution) and the connections between them are presented. The key theorems are the Weak and Strong Laws of Large Numbers and the Central Limit Theorem. The analytic tools are: generating functions, Laplace- and Fourier transforms and fine analysis thereof.

Relation to Other Units

Measure Theory & Integration (MATH34000) & Metric Spaces (MATH20200) are recommended.

Additional unit information can be found at http://www.maths.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergrad/current_units/index.html

Intended learning outcomes

To gain profound understanding of the basic notions and techniques of analytic methods in probability theory. In particular: generating functions, Laplace- and Fourier-transforms. To gain insight and familiarity with the various notions of convergence in the theory of random variables (in probability, almost sure, L^p, in distribution). Special emphasis will be on various “down-to-earth” applications of the mathematical theory.

Teaching details

Lectures supported by problem sheets and solution sheets.

Assessment Details

80% Examination and 20% Coursework.

Raw scores on the examinations will be determined according to the marking scheme written on the examination paper. The marking scheme, indicating the maximum score per question, is a guide to the relative weighting of the questions. Raw scores are moderated as described in the Undergraduate Handbook.

Reading and References

Reading and references are available at http://www.maths.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergrad/current_units/index.html

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