Times and Places
- Lecture (Section 001): 9:05am-9:55am MWF On-line (Zoom).
- Lab (Section 002): 9:05am-9:55am Tu On-line (Zoom).
- Lab (Section 003): 8:00am-8:50am Tu On-line (Zoom).
- Lab (Section 004): 10:10am-11:00am Tu On-line (Zoom).
- Charles Geyer
- Office hrs: 1:25–2:15 Monday and 3:35–4:25 Wednesday. Special appointments available if necessary.
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Haoyu Chen
- Office hrs: 1:00–2:00 Tuesday and 10:00–11:00 Friday.
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Xinghan Gong
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course will be entirely on-line. Lectures will be recorded and links posted in Canvas.
There is no textbook.
If you absolutely feel the need for a book, the textbook being used by the other section of this course is Degroot and Schervish, Probability and Statistics 4th edition, Addison-Wesley Publishing, 2011 (ISBN: 0321500466). It is not required and will not be used at all.
Somewhat more relevant, but not required either are some old course notes from years ago.
The course will follow the material presented in class, found in the slides section of the navigation on each web page.
About the Course
Don't Get Lost
Ask questions in class. If something isn't clear to you, it probably isn't clear to others either. Most questions arise because the instructor hasn't made a connection clear or has inadvertently left out an important point. Your question gives the instructor a chance to explain more clearly.
If you have difficulty with problems, ask for help from the instructor or a TA. Don't wait until just before the exam (or worse just after) to ask for help. By then it may be too late.
The material covered by the exams will stated in class and in announcements on the course home page.
Exams will be on-line. They will be submitted to Canvas.
You will be allowed to use course notes or slides but are not allowed to use anything else.
You may use a calculator, but shouldn't need one for most problems.
You may not obtain help from any person, computer application or service other than material on the course web page or your own notes. In particular, you are not allowed to use Mathematica or other computer algebra system, including the Wolfram Alpha web site.
Missed Exams or Homework
Students will not be penalized for absence during the semester due to unavoidable or legitimate circumstances. Such circumstances include verified illness, participation in intercollegiate athletic events, subpoenas, jury duty, military service, bereavement, and religious observances. Such circumstances do not include voting in local, state, or national elections. For complete information, please see: http://policy.umn.edu/education/makeupwork.
If you must miss an exam, make arrangements in advance. If you cannot hand in homework on time (as stated in the Homework Section below), make arrangements in advance. Talk to the instructor before or after class or during office hours to make arrangements. If you find you will miss an exam without having made arrangements, call the instructor (612-625-8511) or, if he is not in, call the department office (612-625-8046) and leave a message. Do this before the time of the exam.
University and department policy is that
grades are used only when there is a small amount of unfinished work
that the student can complete on his or her own before the end of the
following semester, when there was a legitimate excuse why the work could
not be done on time, and when arrangements have been made with the
as to when the work will be done.
I grades are not given when
there is a large amount of work undone and the student would need to
attend the class in the next semester to learn the material.
Homework assignments will be assigned in class and on the homework assignments web page.
Homework will be accepted late without penalty until 4:30 on the day it is due.
Homework must be submitted to Canvas.
Homework may be handed in late without penalty if there is a valid excuse and an arrangement has been made with the instructor in advance. Otherwise, there will be a 30% penalty for late homework up to two weeks late. Homework will not be accepted more than two weeks late or after the final exam.
Working together in groups on homework is permitted, even encouraged, but each student must do his or her own write-up of the solutions and fully understand them. Talking about problems with other people does help in learning, but just getting solutions doesn't.
Obvious copying of other people's homework solutions or of official homework solutions of previous semesters will not be accepted (zero credit).
A word to the wise: The homework altogether counts 20% of the grade. Not doing homework will hurt your grade.
Another word to the wise: Homework is the most important aspect of the course. If you do the homework by yourself with only hints from other students, the TA, or the instructor and do it correctly, then you will thereby understand everything you need to know to to well on the exams. No amount of studying that does not involve doing homework or problems on old tests can substitute for this.
They are there for your benefit. If you are having difficulty, please come see the teaching assistant or instructor or both during office hours to get help. If you cannot come to the regularly scheduled office hours, make arrangements after the lecture or lab to see us some other time. Or you can just phone and see if we are available.
Midterms 40% (20% each), Final 40%, Homework 20%
Graduate students are graded on a basis entirely separate from undergraduate and non-degree students.
Everything counts. Nothing is
There is no
It Isn't Over Until It's OverThere is a natural tendency to slack off after the second midterm, especially if you are doing well up to that point. Please, don't give in to it. About half the final exam covers material that is new since the second midterm. If you don't keep working hard the last few weeks, it can really hurt your grade. It seems to happen to several people every semester. Don't let it happen to you.
The following statement is required by the University on all syllabuses.
The University of Minnesota views disability as an important aspect of diversity, and is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is the campus office that collaborates with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations.
- If you have, or think you have, a disability in any area such as, mental health, attention, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical, please contact the DRC office on your campus (UM Twin Cities - 612-626-1333) to arrange a confidential discussion regarding equitable access and reasonable accommodations.
- Students with short-term disabilities, such as a broken arm, can often work with instructors to minimize classroom barriers. In situations where additional assistance is needed, students should contact the DRC as noted above.
- If you are registered with the DRC and have a disability accommodation letter dated for this semester or this year, please contact your instructor early in the semester to review how the accommodations will be applied in the course.
- If you are registered with the DRC and have questions or concerns about your accommodations please contact your (access consultant/disability specialist).
Student Mental Health and Stress Management
The following statement is required by the University on all syllabuses.
As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. University of Minnesota services are available to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus via http://www.mentalhealth.umn.edu/.
Academic Honesty and Dishonesty
School of Statistics Policy
The following statement is required by the School of Statistics on all syllabuses.
The following definition of student academic integrity and scholastic dishonesty is slightly modified from the webpage of the University's Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, http://www.oscai.umn.edu:
Scholastic dishonesty means plagiarizing; cheating on assignments or examinations; engaging in unauthorized collaboration on academic work; taking, acquiring, or using test materials without faculty permission; submitting false or incomplete records of academic achievement; acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards, or professional endorsement; altering, forging, or misusing a University academic record; or fabricating or falsifying data, research procedures, or data analysis.
All School of Statistics teaching faculty are instructed to refer students who violate the policy for academic honesty and dishonesty to the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. A student responsible for scholastic dishonesty can in addition be assigned a penalty up to and including an F or N for the course.
University of Minnesota Policy
You are expected to do your own academic work and cite sources as necessary.
Failing to do so is scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty means
plagiarizing; cheating on assignments or examinations; engaging in unauthorized
collaboration on academic work; taking, acquiring, or using test materials
without faculty permission; submitting false or incomplete records of
academic achievement; acting alone or in cooperation with another to
falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards,
or professional endorsement; altering, forging, or misusing a University
academic record; or fabricating or falsifying data, research procedures,
or data analysis. (Student Conduct Code:
http://regents.umn.edu/sites/regents.umn.edu/files/policies/Student_Conduct_Code.pdf). If it is determined that a student has cheated,
the student may be given an
F or an
N for the course,
and may face additional sanctions from the University. For additional
information, please see:
The Office for Community Standards has compiled a useful list of Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to scholastic dishonesty: https://communitystandards.umn.edu/avoid-violations/avoiding-scholastic-dishonesty. If you have additional questions, please clarify with your instructor for the course. Your instructor can respond to your specific questions regarding what would constitute scholastic dishonesty in the context of a particular class — e.g., whether collaboration on assignments is permitted, requirements and methods for citing sources, if electronic aids are permitted or prohibited during an exam.
As stated in the Homework Section above, collaboration on homework assignments is permitted, but you must do your own write-up that does not copy others.
As stated in the Exams Section above, any form of using anyone else's work on exams is academic misconduct, using any electronic devices except for calculators is academic misconduct, and using any notes except for the two course handouts specifically allowed (Greek Letters and Brand Name Distributions) and your own notes specifically allowed (one 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper for midterms, three 8 1/2 by 11 sheets of paper for the final) is academic misconduct,
Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances,
requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct
of a sexual nature. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably
interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating
an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment
in any University activity or program. Such behavior is not acceptable
in the University setting. For additional information, please consult
Board of Regents Policy:
Equity, Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action
The University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs and facilities, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. For more information, please consult Board of Regents Policy: http://regents.umn.edu/sites/regents.umn.edu/files/policies/Equity_Diversity_EO_AA.pdf.