STAT51100 - Statistical Methods

Spring 2017

Days/Time: TTh / TBD
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
Provide the students with the fundamentals of probability, statistical methods, and data analysis.

Descriptive statistics; elementary probability; sampling distributions; inference, testing hypotheses, and estimation; normal, binomial, Poisson, hypergeometric distributions; one-way analysis of variance; contingency tables; regression.
Spring 2015 Syllabus

Topics Covered:
Data (sample vs. Population, histograms, sample mean, median, variance, standard deviation), Elementary probability (axioms, basic rules; little attention to counting and conditional probability), Random variables (discrete vs. Continuous, moments), Binomial, hypergeometric, Poisson distributions, Poisson approximation to binomial, Normal distribution, normal approximation to binomial, Sampling distributions, distribution of mean, central limit theorem, Confidence intervals for means, Confidence intervals for proportions, Tests of hypotheses for means and proportions, Regression and correlation, One way analysis of variance, Contingency tables

Calculus. Integration and differentiation of functions of one variable and two variables.

Applied/Theory: 45/55

Web Address:

Web Content:
Course information, syllabus, homework assignments, lecture notes, and announcements will be posted to course website (undecided); a login and password will be provided.

Weekly assignments.

No project will be required for this course. However, some computer-related homework will be assigned.

Two exams and one comprehensive final.

Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Tentative: Required: J. L. Devore, "Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences", 8th ed., Cengage Learning, 2011, ISBN 978-0538733526.

Computer Requirements:
Computer/phone/tablet can NOT be used on the homework assignments, unless it states computer assignments. Calculator is allowed on the homework assignments, and is highly recommended on the exams. A free statistical software, R, will be used in the course, which can be downloaded from CRAN (

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Other Requirements:
R, hand calculator.


Lingsong Zhang
Purdue University
Department of Statistics
150 N. University St
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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