The Pennsylvania State University, Fall 2012

STAT/MATH 415, Sections 001 and 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
    • Section 001: MWF 8:00 - 8:50 a.m., 118 Thomas Building
    • Section 002: MWF 9:05 - 9:55 a.m., 111 Tyson Building
    • Office Hours: MW 10:05 - 10:50 a.m., or by appointment
    • Office: 311 Thomas Building
    • Phone: 865-3993
    • E-mail:

  • Gilna Samuel, Teaching Assistant
    • Office Hours: By appointment
    • Office: 316 Thomas Building
    • Phone: 863-3238
    • E-mail: gks124(at)psu.edu

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

Course Information