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Math 476: Statistics and Math 563: Mathematical Statistics


The class meets 3:15pm -4:30pm TR at Siegel Hall 203.
Instructor: Sonja Petrović
Office: E1, 111a
Office hours: 12noon - 1pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, walk-ins, appointment.
Graduate assistant: The graduate teaching assistant for this course is Su Li
Office hours: 3:10 pm. to 6:10 pm. on Fridays. (Mathematics Graduate Teaching Assistants are avaialble in the shared Office: E1 129.)
e-contact: sli69_AT_hawk.iit_DOT_edu
Primary textbook: Wackerly, Mendhall, Scheaffer. Mathematical Statistics with Applications . Cengage, 7th edition. 978-0495110811
Complementary text for math 563: Shao (2003). Mathematical Statistics. Springer.
Software: You can use the JMP software which is available to students in IIT labs.
From time to time, I will use R to show examples; R is free to download at, and it is a good idea for graduate students to be familiar with R as well.
Attendance and participation Regular class attendance and class participation is important and expected. You are expected to come to lectures, participate in discussions, read the textbook (including examples not covered in class), and ask questions.
Students are responsible for all announcements and supplements given within any lecture. All cell phones must be turned off before entering the classroom. Technology use policy will be discussed on the first day of class.
Midterm There will be one or two in-class exams during the semester.
Exam dates and topics covered will be announced on the course homepage and in class. Make-up exams will be given only in case of a documented emergency.
Final exam A comprehensive final exam will be given during the IIT final exam week.
Homework Homework problems will be posted on the course website, typically on a Tuesday, usually at least one week before the due date. Due dates are announced in class and/or course homepage. In addition, there might be reading homework assigned during lectures.
Important note: Solutions to homework problems and exams must be written clearly, legibly, and concisely and will be graded on mathematical correctness and presentation. Points will be deducted for sloppiness, incoherent or insufficient explanation, or for lack of supporting rationale. Include enough detail in your solutions so that your explanation is convincing to someone who hasn’t thought about the problem before. The proofs/arguments should be presented so that your classmates could read them and follow the logic (step-by-step).
Grade components:
Homework, quizzes and participation (and, tentatively, a project): 35 %
Two in-class exams: 40%
Final exam: 25 %
Tentative grading distribution:
A: 90-100; B: 80-89; C: 70-79; D: 60-69; E: 0-59.

Course overview

Estimation theory; hypothesis tests; confidence intervals; goodness-of-fit tests; correlation and linear regression; analysis of variance; non-parametric methods.
Theory of sampling distributions; interval and point estimation, sufficient statistics, order statistics.
For graduate students, this course has a two-fold aim:
(1) develop proficiency in the concepts listed above, and
(2) develop good habits of understanding, communicating, and writing statistical analyses.
For 476, click here. For 563, click here.
MATH 475 Probability or MATH 540 Probability.

Dissability assistance

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with documented disabilities. In order to receive accommodations, students must obtain a letter of accommodation from the Center for Disability Resources and make an appointment to speak with me [the instructor] as soon as possible. The Center for Disability Resources (CDR) is located in Life Sciences Room 218, telephone 312-567-5744 or