ACM/EE 116, Fall 2011
Introduction to Probability and Random Processes with Applications
Introduction to fundamental ideas and techniques of stochastic analysis and modeling. Random variables, expectation and conditional expectation, joint distributions, covariance, moment generating function, central limit theorem, weak and strong laws of large numbers, discrete time stochastic processes, stationarity, power spectral densities and the Wiener-Khinchine theorem, Gaussian processes, Poisson processes, Brownian motion. The course develops applications in selected areas such as signal processing (Wiener filter), information theory, genetics, queuing and waiting line theory, and finance.
- 17 Jul 2011: web page creation
| 27 Sep
| Events, probabilities and random variables
|| G&S, Chapters 1 and 2, Appendices
| 4 Oct
| Discrete random variables
|| G&S, Chapter 3
| 11 Oct
| Continuous random variables
|| G&S, Chapter 4
| 18 Oct
| Generating functions and their applications
|| G&S, Chapter 5
| 25 Oct
| Convergence of random variables
|| G&S Chapter 7.1-7.8 (38 pages)
| 1 Nov
| Random and stationary processes
|| G&S Chapter 8, 9
| 8 Nov
| Markov Processes (introduction)
||G&S Chapter 6|
| 15 Nov*
||G&S Chapter 12|
| 22 Nov
| Special Topics
|1 Dec||Course review|
The primary text for the course (available via the online bookstore) is
|[G&S]||G. R. Grimmett and D. R. Stirzaker, Probability and Random processes, third edition. Oxford University Press, 2001.|
The ﬁnal grade will be based on homework and a ﬁnal exam:
- Homework (75%) - There will be 9 one-week problem sets, due in class one week after they are assigned. Students are allowed three grace periods of two days each that can be used at any time (but no more than 1 grace period per homework set). Late homework beyond the grace period will not be accepted without a note from the health center or the Dean.
- Final exam (25%) - The ﬁnal will be handed out the last day of class and is due back at the end of ﬁnals week. Open book, time limit to be decided (likely 3 hours in one sitting)
The lowest homework score you receive will be dropped in computing your homework average. In addition, if your score on the ﬁnal is higher than the weighted average of your homework and ﬁnal, your ﬁnal will be used to determine your course grade.
Collaboration on homework assignments is encouraged. You may consult outside reference materials, other students, the TA, or the instructor. Use of solutions from previous years in the course or from other external sources is not allowed. All solutions that are handed should reﬂect your understanding of the subject matter at the time of writing.
No collaboration is allowed on the ﬁnal exam.