Summer ½ Semester 2002
I&MSE 317: Probability and Statistical Models
Objectives:
- Recognize the broad applicability of statistics to engineering.
- Learn methods of descriptive statistics.
- Learn the probability concepts underlying inferential statistics.
- Learn methods of inferential statistics.
- Learn methods of building statistical models.
Materials:
Text: Devore, Jay L. 2000. Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences, 5^{th} edition. Pacific Grove, California: Brooks/Cole.
Ryan, Barbara, and Brian L. Joiner. 2001. Minitab Handbook, 4^{th} edition. Pacific Grove, California: Brooks/Cole.
Recommended references:
- Ayyub, Bilal, and Richard H. McCuen. 1997. Probability, Statistics, & Reliability for Engineers. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.
- Dewdney, A. K. 1993. 200% of Nothing. New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.
- Ghahramani, Saeed. 1996. Fundamentals of Probability. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Incorporated.
- Hayter, Anthony J. 1996. Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists. Boston, Massachusetts: PWS Publishing Company.
- Hooke, Robert. 1983. How to Tell the Liars from the Statisticians. New York, New York: Marcel Dekker, Incorporated.
- Huff, Darrell. 1954. How to Lie with Statistics. New York, New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
- Kenett, Ron S., and Shelemyahu Zacks. 1998. Modern Industrial Statistics: Design and Control of Quality and Reliability. Pacific Grove, California: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company.
- Mendenhall, William, Robert J. Beaver, and Barbara M. Beaver. 1999. Introduction to Probability and Statistics, 10^{th} edition. Pacific Grove, California: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company.
- Wadsworth, Harrison M., Jr., editor. 1990. Handbook of Statistical Methods for Engineers and Scientists. New York, New York: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated.
Course Outline:
Topics and Text Chapters
Administration:
- Homework problems 10%
- Examination 1 (23 July 2002) 30%
- Examination 2 (8 August 2002) 30%
- Final examination (27 August 2002) 30%
Grades will be computed to a scale of 1000. For example, suppose the first examination contains questions totaling 100 points. Its percentage weight of 1000 is 300, so your score would be multiplied by 3.
Statement from the Office of the Provost on academic ethics.
Specifically, the class runs under the honor code governing all College of Engineering classes. Each examination will have a closed-book portion followed by an open-book (and notes) portion. In the closed-book portion, you will write expository paragraphs on fundamental concepts. No closed-book question will require usage of a memorized formula. In the open-book portion, you will work problems similar to those assigned as homework and/or discussed in class.
Computer software availability:
The Engineering Laboratory Building microcomputer laboratory has the newest version (v13.2) of MINITAB for Windows, plus Excel (Microsoft Office spreadsheet) 5.0. Manuals for each of these are available there for in-room use.
Availability of help:
Useful Web Sites:
- The American Statistical Association maintains a site at Link to American Statistical Association.
- MINITAB maintains a site at Link to MINITAB.
- The University of Florida has a very large, useful Web page of statistical information here.
- Superb web site [copyright by] Clay Helberg.
- The Defense Acquisition University maintains interactive probability and statistics tutorials here.