Syllabus for Statistical and Computational Methods
4 units
Spring 2018

Location : JFB B-1
Location : South Physics, Room 205
(computer lab)
Days : Monday and Wednesday
Time : 12:55 PM-02:50 PM

Course Description: 
A survey of mathematical, statistical and computational methods of analyzing and modeling phenomena in astrophysics, biophysics, and physics in general. The goal is to connect observational data with underlying physical processes through numerical simulations, analytic approximations, and statistical analyses. Subjects in statistics include parameter estimation, Fisher information and correlators. Other topics, such as analytical methods (including series and asymptotic approximations to functions and wavelet analysis) and numerical topics (including data visualization, Monte Carlo methods and dynamical modeling) may be discussed as time permits. Case studies, tuned to student research interests in physics and astronomy, provide examples. 

Dr. Michael Vershinin
Office: 307 JFB
Office phone: 801-581-5803
Email: vershinin
at physics dot utah dot edu

Office hours : 11 am - noon on Mondays
Contact instructor to arrange a meeting at other times.

Textbook :

The course will draw on many sources. For discussions of statistics we will draw upon:

Data-Driven Modeling & Scientific Computation
by J. Nathan Kutz (2013)

Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-966033-6

Non-parametric Statistics with Applications to Science and Engineering,
by P.H.Kvam & B. Vidakovic (2007)

Publisher: Wiley. ISBN: 978-0-470-08147-1

Testing and evaluation:
Three non-comprehensive exams will be given with equal weighting towards the final grade.

The letter grades will be assigned as follows :
Weighted score 85-100 74-85 65-74 55-64 45-54 35-44 25-34 15-24 10-14 5-9 1-4 0
Letter grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E

Adding, Dropping, CR/NC etc. :
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Note: The syllabus is not a binding legal contract. It may be modified by the instructor when the student is given reasonable notice of the modification.  

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