Instructor: Lubos Thoma | |

Office: Lippitt Hall 101 Tel: 874.4451 | |

Class schedule: TuTh 2:00 - 3:15pm, Lippitt Hall 201 |

**Description:**
This is a graduate class in probability theory and random processes
for students in mathematics, engineering, finance, and computer science.
The purpose of the course is to present the basic concepts and
techniques of probability theory as well as some of their applications.
Emphasis will be placed on fundamental principles, thinking
probabilistically, and methods and results of modern probability theory.

Topics will include:
basic properties of probability measures,
discrete and continuous random variables, distributions, random walks,
generating functions, limit theorems, large deviations,
Markov chains and Markov processes, branching processes, Poisson processes,
martingales, Brownian motion.
To illustrate the general theory
the class will include many applications
(taking into account interests of the audience)
to mathematics (e.g. discrete mathematics, percolations),
engineering (e.g. signal processing),
computer science (e.g. analysis of random(ized) algorithms),
and mathematical finance.

**Textbook: **
J. B. Walsh
Knowing the odds: an introduction to probability
Graduate Studies in Mathematics, American Mathematical Society, 2012,
ISBN: 978-0-8218-8532-1.

Additional lecture notes will be distributed in class.

Links: |
current preprints in probability | |

Probability Theory and Related Fields | ||

Electronic Journal of Probability | ||

Random Structures & Algorithms | ||

Finance and Stochastics | ||

a list of probability journals |

**Prerequisites:** (MTH435 or MTH437) and MTH451

**Accommodations:**
Any student with a documented disability is welcome to contact me as early in the semester as possible so that we may arrange reasonable accommodations. As part of this process, please be in touch with Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union, 401-874-2098.