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Probability

Probability is a mathematical theory of random events and random variables. It even extends to random functions of time (stochastic processes). Probability models occur in almost all areas of science: biology (genetics, epidemiology), economics (financial markets), physics (diffusion, theories of molecular matter), and so on, and it is essential for many statistical techniques. Relatively simple probability principles lead to astonishing results. One that has been famous for centuries is the Gaussian or normal curve (the bell-shaped curve). It is an almost universal solution to problems involving independence or weak dependence. Are there similar universal principles for strong dependence? Can these principles be applied to random functions of space? Or even to quantum fields and the structure of elementary particles? Such questions are at the forefront of current research.

Several of the people active in probability are also involved with mathematical biology, mathematical physics, or mathematical economics.

Members

Rabindra N Bhattacharya

Rabindra N Bhattacharya

Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Mathematics
Professor, Statistics-GIDP
520-626-5647
MATH 603
William G Faris

William G Faris

Professor Emeritus
520-621-8306
MATH 713
Thomas G Kennedy

Thomas G Kennedy

Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP
Professor, Mathematics
Professor, Physics
Professor, Statistics-GIDP
Interim Department Head, Mathematics
Robert S Maier

Robert S Maier

Professor, Mathematics
Professor, Physics
Professor, Statistics-GIDP
520-621-2617
MATH 609B
Yashaswini D Mittal

Yashaswini D Mittal

Professor Emeritus
Donald E Myers

Donald E Myers

Professor Emeritus
520-621-6859
MATH 716
Sunder Sethuraman

Sunder Sethuraman

Professor, Mathematics
Professor, Statistics-GIDP
Joseph C Watkins

Joseph C Watkins

Chair, Statistics-GIDP
Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Mathematics
Professor, Genetics - GIDP
Jan Wehr

Jan Wehr

Professor, Mathematics
Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP
520-621-2834
MATH 720
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