This table gives a tentative timetable for the course. Everything in it, including the dates of homeworks and exams, is subject to change.
Tuesday  Þursday  

Tuesday  Þursday  
Wk01 
Aug 29
Continuous Fourier Transforms 
Aug 31
Discrete Fourier Transforms 

Wk02 
Sep 5
Spectral Analysis of Random Data; Problem Set 1 due 
Sep 7
Power Spectrum Estimation 

Wk03 
Sep 12
Fundamentals of Probability; Problem Set 2 due 
Sep 14
Probability Distributions 

Wk04 
Sep 19
Multivariate Distributions; Problem Set 3 due 
Sep 21
Binomial and Poisson Distributions 

Wk05 
Sep 26
Exponential and Gamma Distributions; Problem Set 4 due 
Sep 28
Review for Prelim Exam 1 

Wk06 
Oct 3
FIRST PRELIM EXAM

Oct 5
Gaussian and ChiSquared Distirbutions; Sums of Random Variables 

Wk07 
Oct 10
No Class (Fall Break) 
Oct 12
Central Limit Theorem; Problem Set 5 due 

Wk08 
Oct 17
Multivariate Normal Distribution 
Oct 19
Student's Theorem; Problem Set 6 due 

Wk09 
Oct 24
No Class 
Oct 26
Reduced ChiSquared 

Wk10 
Oct 31
Part Three: Statistical Inference Maximum Likelihood and MAP Estimates; Problem Set 7 due 


Wk11 
Nov 7
Part Three: Statistical Inference Frequentist Hypothesis Testing; Problem Set 8 due 
Nov 9
Review for Prelim Exam 2 

Wk12 
Nov 14
SECOND PRELIM EXAM

Nov 16
Part Three: Statistical Inference Bayesian Hypothesis Testing (Bayes Factor) 

Wk13 
Nov 21
Part Three: Statistical Inference Counting Experiments with Known Background Rate; Problem Set 9 due 
Nov 23
No Class (Thanksgiving Break) 

Wk14 
Nov 28
Part Three: Statistical Inference Counting Experiments with Unknown Background Rate (ON/OFF) 
Nov 30
Part Three: Statistical Inference Sampling methods; Problem Set 10 due 

Wk15 
Dec 5
Part Three: Statistical Inference Markov Chain Monte Carlo 
Dec 7
Part Three: Statistical Inference Methods of choosing prior distributions; Problem Set 11 due 
Last Modified: 2017 November 26
Dr. John T. Whelan / john.whelan@astro.rit.edu / Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences & Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, Rochester Institute of TechnologyThe contents of this communication are the sole responsibility of Prof. John T. Whelan and do not necessarily represent the opinions or policies of RIT, SMS, or CCRG.