Professor Jeffrey S. Rosenthal,
Department of Statistics, University of Toronto
Sidney Smith Hall, room 6024; phone (416) 978-4594; http://probability.ca/jeff/;
Time: Wednesdays 11-2. First class Jan 7. Last class April 7. No class Feb 18 (Reading Week).
Place: Sidney Smith Hall, room 2130.
Textbook: Rosenthal, J.S. (2000), A First Look at Rigorous Probability Theory. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing. Available at U of T Bookstore or from www.wspc.com.
Further Reading (to be held on reserve in math/stat library and/or at Gerstein):
Content: We will cover approximately the second half of the textbook, including weak convergence, characteristic functions, central limit theorems, the Radon-Nykodym Theorem, Lebesgue Decomposition, conditional probability and expectation, martingales, and Kolmogorov's Existence Theorem. Additional topics will be presented as time allows.
Prerequisites: Students should have taken STA 2111F or equivalent.
Evaluation: Test #1 (20%), Test #2 (20%), homework assignments (36%), class participation (24%).
Schedule: Test #1 February 25, Test #2 April 7, each one hour long at beginning of class. Homework #1 assigned Jan 21, due by Feb 9 1:30 p.m.; Homework #2 assigned Feb 25, due by March 15 1:30 p.m.; Homework #3 assigned March 24, due by April 9 1:30 p.m.
Note: To avoid conflict of interest, the instructor will refund $2 (his approximate royalties) to each student who purchases the textbook.