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Statistics 19
Fall 2004

Order and Organization in the Stochastic Universe
A Fiat Lux Course

Textbook & Syllabus

Ivo D. Dinov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Statistics,
Research Scientist, Department of Neurology,
UCLA School of Medicine

1. A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram (2002)
2. Chance in Biology: Using Probability to Explore Nature by Mark Denny and Steven Gaines (2000)
    Tentative schedule of topics to be covere
  1. The Nature of Chance
  2. Determinism versus Chance 
  3. Chaos vs. Order
  4. Experiments, Observations & Distributions
  5. Types & Causes of Variation
  6. Discrete & Continuous Patterns of Disorder
  7. The Normal Distribution
  8. Central Limit Theory
  9. Randomness in Biology, Genetics, Engineering & Physics
  10. Random Walks
  11. Duality Principles: The Uncertainty Principle (momentum vs. position)
  12. Balancing Quality and Volume of Information
  13. Statistical vs. Practical Significance
  14. Statistics of Extremes 
  15. Intra- vs. Extra-polation
  16. Noise and Perception
  17. Bayesian Theory

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