CS-498 Probability and Statistics for Computer Scientists

D.A. Forsyth --- 3310 Siebel Center

daf@uiuc.edu, daf@illinois.edu

10:00AM - 10:50AM
1310 Digital Computer Laboratory


Henry Lin halin2@illinois.edu

Karthik Ramaswamy kramasw2@illinois.edu

Office Hours:

DAF: 15h00-16h00 M (3310 Siebel), 13h00-14h00 W (3310 Siebel), 13h00-14h00 F (3310 Siebel)

Henry: 16h00-17h00 W, 16h00-17h00 F, Theory Lounge

Karthik: 16h00-17h00 T, 17h00-18h00 Th, Theory Lounge


or swing by my office (3310 Siebel) and see if I'm busy

Evaluation is by: Homeworks, Midterm, take home final.





Homework 1: Due 7 Sep 2015 (Mon; midnight)


You should do this homework on your own -- one submission per student, and by submitting you are certifying the homework is your work.

Submission: Homework 1 submission will be via Compass. Submit your answers, graphs, and other responses as a PDF


  1. Choose six of the nine problems at the end of chapter 2 ("First Tools for Looking at Data"), and do them
  2. Do all the programming assignments at the end of chapter 2, using any environment you care to. HINT: we support R and Matlab.

Erratum: 2.14 b reads: "If you run that fragment on your files, then look at the figures, they should suggest that there isn’t much difference in faculty per student between top, mid and bottom third public colleges. But there is for private colleges. What happens if you subdivide the top third into smaller pieces? What do you think is going on here?" BUT the data for faculty per student in public colleges is now missing. Rather than answer the question as written (which you can't do), do the following:

2.14(b) substitute: Compare the tuition between private and public colleges (for public colleges, use in-state tuition). Which one varies more? Why? What do you think is going on here?