## Math 318, Jan-Apr 2015, G. Slade

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Office hours with G. Slade in MATX 1211: Monday 15:00-15:50, Wednesday 13:00-13:50, Friday 10:00-10:50.

Office hours with Benjamin Wallace in the Math Learning Centre: Thursdays 12:30-15:30.
Exceptions: Benjamin Wallace's hours are cancelled on Thursday February 12, Thursday March 26, and Thursday April 9, and are replaced instead by Tuesday February 10, Tuesday March 24, and Tuesday April 7 at 12:30-15:30 on these days, due to the tests on February 11 and March 25, and the due date of Wednesday April 8 for Assignment 9.
There are TAs available whenever the MLC is open, and in addition to Benjamin Wallace there are other TAs who can help with probability questions; the schedule is posted on the MLC website.

Octave resources are available here. You should instal Octave on your computer as soon as possible (or MATLAB if you prefer).
For Assignment 8, a short tutorial on linear regression is here.

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On tests and the final exam you will be provided with tables and, when appropriate, Student-T table.
Example for the Student-T table: If T has 3 degrees of freedom then P(T<2.353)=0.95 and P(|T|<2.353) = 0.9.

Interesting animations demonstrating the central limit theorem.

An article on Markov and the origins of the theory of Markov chains, by Brian Hayes.

A good reference for random walks is the book: Random Walks and Electric Networks by Doyle and Snell.

Recommended, fun, and accessible general reading about probability: Struck by Lightning by J.S. Rosenthal, and The Improbability Principle by D.J. Hand.

Gaussian distribution on the German 10 mark note.

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