The Pennsylvania State University, Spring 2013

STAT/MATH 415, Section 002

Introduction to Mathematical Statistics

This course provides an introduction to mathematical statistics, covering the fundamentals of statistical inference. The topics covered will include: sufficiency, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, non-parametric statistical methods, regression analysis, analysis of variance, chi-square tests, subjective probability, Bayesian estimation, best critical regions, and likelihood ratio tests.
We will monitor the New York Times and Centre Daily Times newspapers throughout the semester for articles involving mathematical statistics. We will study the statistical information in such articles and relate them to the subject of the course and to everyday life and experiences.

Contact Information

  • Donald Richards, Instructor
    • Class Time: MWF 10:10 - 11:00 a.m., 073 Willard Building
    • Office Hours: MWF 11:05 - 11:55 a.m., or by appointment
    • Office: 311 Thomas Building
    • Phone: 865-3993
    • E-mail:

  • Panayiotis Constantinou, Teaching Assistant
    • Office Hours: By appointment
    • Office: 301 Thomas Building
    • Phone: 863-2314
    • E-mail: pzc140(at)

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