General information

Notice: All homework sets, grades and announcements will be posted on Moodle.

  • Instructor: Ke Wang
  • Office hour: 5:30-6:30pm on Mon and Wed, and by appointment
    Office for office hour: Ford Hall room 350
    Email: wangk@umn.edu

  • Teaching Assistant: Ming Gao
  • Office hour:
    Office for office hour:
    Email: gaoxx598@umn.edu

  • Textbook: Probability and Statistics, 4th edition by Morris H. DeGroot and Mark J. Schervish., 2011.

  • Lectures and Lab Sections:
  • Lectures: MWF 01:25 pm–02:15 pm Rapson Hall 31
    Lab Sec06: T 02:30 pm–03:20 pm AkerH 313
    Lab Sec07: T 03:35 pm–04:25 pm AkerH 313

  • Approximate Outline: Chapter 5--9

  • Final Grades: For the course grade, the homework counts 20%, the two mid-term exams counts 20% each and the final exam 40%. If you are taking the course S/N, you will need at least a C- to earn an S grade.

  • Homework assignment: The homework will be collected weekly on Tuesdays during the lab. Ming will grade the homework and return them in the lab. Late homework (less than three days late, by 5pm on the Friday of the week when the homework is due) will receive 30% penalty on the grade. Homework more than three days late will NOT be accepted for ANY reason. Please note that you must hand in your own write-up and copying is NOT permitted.

  • Exams: There will be two in-class midterms (tentatively scheduled on Feb 28 and Apr 11, will confirm at least one week in advance) and one Final exam (8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 14). More information will be updated soon.

  • Missing Exams: If you miss a midterm for a legitimately documented reason, such as illness confirmed with a written excuse, the midterm score will be replaced by your final score. If you can not attend the final for a legitimately verifiable reason, you must provide a written excuse to receive an incomplete. See the School of Statistics policy on incompletes below. Otherwise, if you miss the final, you will receive a zero for the exam. Note that social/vacation plans are not legitimate reasons for missing an exam.

  • Incompletes: According to U of M grading policies, ``The I shall be assigned at the direction of the instructor when, due to extraordinary circumstances, the student was prevented from completing the work of the course on time. The assignment of an I requires a written agreement between the instructor and student specifying the time and manner in which the student will complete the course requirements during the student's next period of enrollment.'' In this course an I grade will be given only in cases of extreme hardship. Poor performance in the course is not grounds for an incomplete.