Math 4700 – Special Topics in Mathematics: Statistical Inference

Lecture Time: 12:00pm  1:50pm (TR)   Location: Nagel Hall 102

Textbook: Casella and Berger, Statistical Inference 2nd Ed.

Instructor: Mei Yin
   Office and Office Hours: Aspen Hall Middle 713B, 10:30am  12:00pm & 2:00pm  3:30pm (M), or by appointment

Tentative Calendar:

The Week Of
Material Covered
March 21  March 25 Introduction to R
March 28 April 1 Sufficiency Principle of Data Reduction
April 4 April 8 Likelihood Principle of Data Reduction
April 11 April 15 Methods of Finding Point Estimators
April 18 April 22 Methods of Evaluating Point Estimators
April 25 – April 29 Methods of Finding Hypothesis Tests
May 2  May 6 Methods of Evaluating Hypothesis Tests
May 9 May 13 Methods of Finding Interval Estimators
May 16 May 20 Methods of Evaluating Interval Estimators
May 23  May 27 Project Presentation

Grading: Your final grade for the course will be determined based on a numerical weighted average calculated as follows: Homework 30% Midterm 30% Term Project 40%.

Homework: There will be four homework sets, due at the beginning of the class on Tuesdays March 29, April 12, May 10, and May 24.

Midterm: A take-home midterm will be given, with a tentative due date on Tuesday, April 26.

Term Project: The term project can be targeted towards either the theoretical or the applied aspect of statistics and is due on Friday, May 27.

Students with Disabilities: If you qualify for academic accommodations because of a disability or medical issue, please submit a faculty letter to me from Disability Services Program (DSP) in a timely manner so that your needs may be addressed. DSP determines accommodations based on documented disabilities/medical issues. DSP is located on the 4th floor of Ruffatto Hall, 1999 E Evans Ave, 303-871-2278. Information is also available online at; see the Handbook for Students with Disabilities.

Honor Code: Follow the Honor Code in all activities related to this course. Incidents of academic misconduct will be reported to and investigated by the Office of Student Conduct.

Religious Accommodations: University policy grants students excused absences from class or other organized activities for observance of religious holy days, unless the accommodation would create an undue hardship. Faculty are asked to be responsive to requests when students contact them in advance to request such an excused absence. Students are responsible for completing assignments given during their absence, but should be given an opportunity to make up work missed because of religious observance. Once a student has registered for a class, the student is expected to examine the course syllabus for potential conflicts with holy days and to notify the instructor by the end of the first week of classes of any conflicts that may require an absence (including any required additional preparation/travel time). The student is also expected to remind the faculty member in advance of the missed class, and to make arrangements in advance (with the faculty member) to make up any missed work or in-class material within a reasonable amount of time.

Other: Check the DU academic calendar for important dates throughout the quarter: