Introduction to the theory and practice of statistical modeling and inference. Basic multivariate analysis: covariance and expectation, multivariate-normal and non-central chi-squared distributions, linear and quadratic forms. Basic inequalities for probabilities and expectations: Markov, Chebyshev, Jensen, and Cauchy-Schwartz. Basic decision theory, sufficiency, minimal sufficiency, ancillarity and completeness, Point estimation: method of moments, maximum likelihood, Bayesian procedures, likelihood procedures and information inequalities. Measures of performance, notions of optimality, and construction of optimal procedures in simple situations. Convergence in distribution and in probability.
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Prerequisite(s): MATH 856 with minimum grade of B-