Introduction to Probability and Statistics

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Bayesian updating with conjugate normal distributions. (Image by Jerry Orloff and Jonathan Bloom.)


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Spring 2014



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This course provides an elementary introduction to probability and statistics with applications. Topics include: basic combinatorics, random variables, probability distributions, Bayesian inference, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and linear regression.

The Spring 2014 version of this subject employed the residential MITx system, which enables on-campus subjects to provide MIT students with learning and assessment tools such as online problem sets, lecture videos, reading questions, pre-lecture questions, problem set assistance, tutorial videos, exam review content, and even online exams.

Jeremy Orloff, and Jonathan Bloom. 18.05 Introduction to Probability and Statistics, Spring 2014. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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