Mathematics 466
Theory of Statistics
Spring 2008
Course Homepage
Overview.
In the
Theory of Statistcs, we shall be using our previous knowledge of calculus,
linear algebra, and probability to consider the issues of
collection, analysis, interpretation or explanation, and presentation of
data. Statistics is applicable to a wide variety of
academic disciplines, from the natural and social sciences to the humanities
Day to Day Operations.
The
class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM in room 305 of the
Psychology Building. Our text is Introduction to Statistical Theory by Paul G. Hoel, Sidney C. Port and
Charles J. Stone. We will cover most of the material in the textbook plus some
supplementary material. A summary of the class notes will be available to the
students. The schedule of topics, the class notes and the assignments are given
in the course syllabus. My office hours are Tuesdays
at 2 and Thursdays at 11. I will be also spending from 12 to 1 Fridays of each week in the
tutoring room in Math East 149. Feel free to stop by my office, room 520 of the
Mathematics building, calling me at 63215245 or writing me  jwatkins at math.arizona.edu.
The
class has a teaching assistant, Tom
LaGatta. TomÕs office hours at Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 in his office,
room 513 of the Mathematics building.
Use of Software.
We will
doing some software computation using R.
R is a free software environment for
statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of
UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS. To download R, please choose your preferred
CRAN mirror. Copies of Introductory
Statistics with R by Peter
Dalgaard are available at the bookstore. Other options for software
assistance can be found on the resource webpage.
Evaluation of Students.
We shall have 2
inclass midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam on Tuesday, May 13 from 8:00AM
to10:00AM.
Homework is an essential
part of any mathematics course Homework will be collected approximately
biweekly. The homework grade will be based on the top 6 homework scores.
Permisssion to turn in late homework for credit must be arranged in advance.
Students will also design and complete a small software project.
The grading scheme is

number 
points 
total 
problem
sets 
6 
25 
150 
midterm
exams 
2 
100 
200 
project 
1 
50 
50 
final
exam 
1 
200 
200 
total 


600 
Grades will be given on the usual scale A is 90%100%, B is 80%89%, C is 70%79%, D is 60%69%, and E is below 60%. If you fail to complete the course due to circumstances unforeseen, then you may qualify for a grade of I, Òincomplete'Ó if all of the conditions are met:
Students should
take the time to become familiar with student policies, procedures, and
codes.
Best wishes to you for a good semester in this course and in all your other activities.
 Joe Watkins