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Statistics 5101 (Geyer) Course Information

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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 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 on the course home page.

You will permitted to bring one 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper with formulas or other notes on both sides to the exam and use it to look up formulas. You may use a calculator.

Missed Exams

University policy is that midterm and final exams can be made up for legitimate absences, such as verified illness, participation in other University-sponsored activities, jury duty, military service, religious observances. If you must miss an exam, 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 "I" 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 instructor 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 5:00 on the day it is due or whenever the TA picks it up from her mailbox. In you don't hand in homework in class, put it in the TA's mailbox (labelled Bulaevskaya, Vera) in the hall near the School of Statistics office in the northwest corner of the third floor of Ford Hall.

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 more than two weeks late will not be accepted.

Working together in groups on homework is not only 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.

A word to the wise: All the homework counts (20% of the grade). Not doing homework will hurt your grade.

Office Hours

They are there for your benefit. If you are having difficulty, please come see the teaching assistants 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.

It Isn't Over Until It's Over

There 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.

Disabled Students

In conjunction with University of Minnesota Disability Services we will ensure equal learning opportunities for disabled students. Talk to the instructor and Disability Services to make arrangements.