Unit 2

Some Basic Probability and Plotting Data

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This lecture returns briefly to random walks, and moves on to discuss different views of non-determinism and an introduction to probability. It concludes with examples of using pylab to plot data.

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This lecture begins a deeper look at simulations with an introduction to randomness, probability, and plotting through programming.


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What is a stochastic process?

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One whose next state depends upon both previous states and some random element.

What makes two events independent?

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Two events are independent if the outcome of one has no influence on the outcome of the other.

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