Subject: CS
5961/6961 Computational Statistics |

From: Richard F. Riesenfeld |

Time/Place: Tu/Th 2:00 – 3:20 in WEB 1248

Instructor:
Richard
Riesenfeld,

Text:
John
E. Freund, *Mathematical Statistics with
Applications *(2007)

**General Description:** This is a new course in
fundamental statistical
techniques used in computer science, with special emphasis on methods
occurring
in computer graphics and scientific visualization. Basic
elements of probability theory will be
covered as needed to understand the structure and use of the
statistical
procedures developed. Thus, the basics
of probability theory will be reviewed, but the focus will be on
understanding
and computing statistics in applications that arise in our graphics and
visualization curriculum.

No
previous background
in probability or statistics will be assumed, although it will be
expected that
students are comfortable with elementary calculus. Theory
will be undertaken as needed to develop
and understand the statistical methods selected for study, however, the
purpose
of the course is to understand applications rather than delve into
mathematical
theory for its own sake.

The
final
choices of topics beyond the common elements of probability and
statistics will
be guided by the interests of those enrolled and the material that will
be used
in courses in graphics and visualization.

**Motivation:**
There is a core of some basic statistical methods that many of
our
courses use, so this special course is being launched to give our
students
better background and preparation as they undertake the mentioned
application areas. The goal is for students to
have a more satisfactory
experience in our application areas, and allow those courses to
concentrate on
their own important specialized agendas without having to spend as much
time
reviewing elementary statistics. It is
hoped that this will lead to a more satisfying experience for both
students and
instructors in our areas of specializations.

Please
contact me via email
if you are interested in taking this course, or have questions.