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Unit information: Further Topics In Probability 4 in 2015/16

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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

Applied Probability 2 (MATH 21400).



School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

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.

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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 Information

Lectures supported by problem sheets and solution sheets.

Assessment Information

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

  • R. Durrett: Probability – Theory and Examples, Duxbury Press, 1995
  • W. Feller: An introduction to probability theory and its applications. Vols.1, 2. Wiley, 1970
  • J. Lamperti: Probability -- a Survey of the Mathematical Theory , W.A Benjamin Inc., New York-Amsterdam, 1966
  • S. Resnick: Adventures in Stochastic Processes, Birkhauser, 1992
  • A. N. Shiryaev: Probability (Second Edition), Springer, Graduate Texts in Mathematics 95, 1996
  • D. Williams: Probability with martingales. Cambridge UP, 1990

Instructor’s lecture notes and problem sheets