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# First Look At Rigorous Probability Theory !!EXCLUSIVE!!

A mathematically rigorous course in probability theory which uses measure theory but begins with the basic definitions of independence and expected value in that context. Law of large numbers, Poisson and central limit theorems, and random walks.

## First Look at Rigorous Probability Theory

Other textbooks that you can look at for a different perspective: Measure Theory by Cohn or Real Analysis: Modern Techniques and Their Applications by Folland for measure theory background. Probability and Measure by Billingsley, A Course in Probability Theory by Chung, A First Look at Rigorous Probability Theory by Rosenthal for the main subject material of the course.

This textbook is an introduction to probability theory using measure theory. It is designed for graduate students in a variety of fields (mathematics, statistics, economics, management, finance, computer science, and engineering) who require a working knowledge of probability theory that is mathematically precise, but without excessive technicalities. The text provides complete proofs of all the essential introductory results. Nevertheless, the treatment is focused and accessible, with the measure theory and mathematical details presented in terms of intuitive probabilistic concepts, rather than as separate, imposing subjects. The text strikes an appropriate balance, rigorously developing probability theory while avoiding unnecessary detail.

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for all Borel S R, proving that P (Y BX) = B gX(y)(dy) withprobability 1.Second, by considering E(1BX) = P (Y BX), thesecond equation follows from the first equationfor the special caseY = 1B. Now, by usual linearity and monotone convergence argumentsthe secondequality follows for general Y .

Text The course is centered around Rosenthal's A first look at rigorous probability theory, 2nd edition (ISBN 978-981-270-371-2). The book is well-regarded and relatively inexpensive (around \$30). However, if purchasing the text presents a financial hardship for you, PLEASE let me know so we can see how to resolve the issue.

In absence of randomized controlled experiments, identification is often aimed via instrumental variable (IV) strategies, typically two-stage least squares estimations. According to Bayes' rule, however, under a low ex ante probability that a hypothesis is true (e.g. that an excluded instrument is partially correlated with an endogenous regressor), the interpretation of the estimation results may be fundamentally flawed. This paper argues that rigorous theoretical reasoning is key to design credible identification strategies, aforemost finding candidates for valid instruments. We discuss prominent IV analyses from the macro-development literature to illustrate the potential benefit of structurally derived IV approaches.

A graph is a collection of points with edges drawn between them. Graph theory was first introduced by Leonhard Euler in his solution to the Königsberg bridge problem in 1736. Since then, graph theory has become an active area of study in mathematics due both to its wide array of real life applications in biology, chemistry, social sciences and computer networking, and to its interactions with other branches of mathematics.

Network structures and network dynamics are a fundamental modern tool for modeling a broad range of problems from fields like economics, biology, physics, and sociology. Mathematical and machine learning techniques can be used to reveal underlying network structures. The course will use graphs (sets of nodes connected by edges) as a common language to describe networks and their properties. On the theoretical side, the course will cover topics such as basic probability, degree distribution, spectral graph theory (adjacency matrix, graph Laplacian), diffusion geometries, and random graph models. Applications will range over topics such as epidemics, marketing, prediction of new links in a social network, and game theory. The course will also include hands-on experiments and simulations. Three class meetings per week.

The p-adic numbers were first introduced by Kurt Hensel near the end of the nineteenth century. Since their introduction they have become a central object in modern number theory, algebraic geometry, and algebraic topology. These numbers give a new set of fields (one for each prime p) that contain the rational numbers and behave in some ways like the real numbers, but they also possess some unique and unexpected properties. The main objective of this course will be to rigorously construct the p-adic numbers and explore some of the algebraic, analytic, and topological properties that make them interesting. Four class meetings per week.

(Offered as STAT 360 and MATH 360) This course explores the nature of probability and its use in modeling real world phenomena. There are two explicit complementary goals: to explore probability theory and its use in applied settings, and to learn parallel analytic and empirical problem-solving skills. The course begins with the development of an intuitive feel for probabilistic thinking, based on the simple yet subtle idea of counting. It then evolves toward the rigorous study of discrete and continuous probability spaces, independence, conditional probability, expectation, and variance. Distributions covered include the binomial, hypergeometric, Poisson, normal, Gamma, Beta, multinomial, and bivariate normal. Other topics include generating functions, order statistics, and limit theorems.

This course serves as a first introduction to Lie groups and Lie algebras. We will examine the structure of finite dimensional matrix Lie groups, the exponential and differentiation maps, as well as compact Lie groups. We will also study Lie algebras, ideals and homomorphisms, nilpotent and solvable Lie algebras, Cartan subalgebras, semisimplicity and root systems, and the classification of semisimple Lie algebras. This classification is not only a fundamental result in Lie Theory, but is also an archetype of classifications that appear in other areas of math. More amazingly, this classification is embodied in simple combinatorial pictures called Dynkin diagrams, which underlie surprisingly disparate fields, such as geometric group theory, quiver representation theory, and string theory. Four class meetings per week.

Competitions, which can include individual and team sports, eSports, tabletop gaming, preference formation, and elections, produce data dependent on interrelated competitors and the decision, league, or tournament format. In this course, students will learn to think about the ways a wide variety of statistical methodologies can be applied to the complex and unique data that emerge through competition, including paired comparisons, decision analysis, rank-based and kernel methods, and spatio-temporal methods. The course will focus on the statistical theory relevant to analyzing data from contests and place an emphasis on simulation and data visualization techniques. Students will develop data collection, manipulation, exploration, analysis, and interpretation skills individually and in groups. Applications may include rating players and teams, assessing shot quality, animating player tracking data, roster construction, comparing alternative voting systems, developing optimal strategies for games, and predicting outcomes. Prior experience with probability such as STAT 360 may be helpful, but is not required.

This module is an introduction mathematical proof and its applications to probability. The module introduces the topics of set theory, counting, probability and expectation and looks at the methods of proof needed to produce fundamental results in these areas. At its core is the aim to allow students to develop logical arguments applied to sets and simple experiments involving probabilistic outcomes.

• Class: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00-10:20am, CFA 211Website: dschlimm/80-110spring01Instructor: Dirk SchlimmOffice: Baker Hall A60BPhone: 268-5737Email: dschlimm@andrew.cmu.eduOffice hours: By appointment. The best way to contact me is via email.Course description: Although we spend the great bulk of our mathematical education learning how to calculate in a variety of ways, mathematiciansrarely calculate anything. Instead they devote their time to clearly statingdefinitions, finding simple axioms, making conjectures about claims thatmight follow from these axioms, and then proving these claims of finding counterexamples to them. Although thinkers since Aristotle have devoted enormous time andenergy to developing a theory of mathematical reasoning, it is only inthe last century or so that a unified theory has emerged.In this course, we not only consider the modern theory of mathematicalreasoning, but we also consider several case studies in which a problemis simple to solve with mathematical reasoning but almost impossible tosolve without it. For example, we consider how to compare the sizes ofinfinite sets, and how to solve the Monty Hall-Let's make a deal Problem. This allows you to get a feeling for the power of abstract reasoning, in particular when it's consequences are not so obvious at first sight, but can be validated byexperience.By learning a few facts about the evolution of mathematics from prehistory to modern times, and also by setting the relevant mathematical concepts into their historical context, you should be able to develop a basic understanding of the history of mathematics and of fundamental problems in the philosophy of mathematics.Goals:Identify some interesting facts about the historical development ofmathematics and be able to discuss it their impact onmathematical reasoning.

• Be able to define and give examples of basic mathematical concepts,like syntax, semantics, definition, axiom, valid argument, proof, mathematical induction, conditional probability.

• Be able to explain in what sense (formal) mathematical reasoning isobjective and rigorous.

• Practice expressing and communicating ideas in a clear way.

• Have fun with mathematics!

• For each lecture:

• notes, containing the main concepts and ideas.These will be useful when reviewing the material, and for the summaries and essay you are expected to write.

• a few remarks about what you find interesting or puzzling.Brieflyanswer the following questions: (a) What did you find most interesting in today's lecture? (b) What did you find most confusing in today'slecture? (c) What would you like to know more about that was mentioned in today's lecture? (d) Say one thought you had during today's lecture (does not have to be related directly to the material presented in the lecture).Please, don't write just one-word answers, but take a few minutes after each lecture to review the lecture. By answering these questions you learn how to reflect aboutthe material presented in class.

• Homeworks assigned in class.

• Index of technical terms introduced in the course (for quick reference).The index should onlycontain a sorted list of terms, or names, and have a reference to thepage where the term is defined or explained. Sometimes you may havemore than one reference. In case you don't have a definition already,you may look for one.Here's a list of terms I expect to find in the index at the end ofthe semester (by then you'll be familiar with all of them!):-,=,1-1 function,7-adic system,Archimedes,Aristotle,atomic sentence,Axioms of probability,Babylonians,base case,base clause,Bayes' Theorem,binary numbers,Cantor's diagonal argument,cardinality,commensurable,completeness,conclusion,Conditional probability,constructive mathematics,countable,De Morgan rule,deductive,deductively valid,definition of even,denumerable,Egyptians,entailment,Euclid,Eudoxos,expressively complete,fallacious ,final clause,form of an argument,formal,formal language,formula,function,Georg Cantor,George Boole,Gerhard Gentzen,Gottlob Frege,Hypatia,indirect,induction hypothesis,induction step,inductive,inductive clause,inductive/recursive definition,inference rule,injective,interpretation,Intuitionistic logic,irrelevant,Knights and Knaves,Kurt Gödel,Law of total probability,mathematical induction,molecular sentences,N,names of syllogism,natural deduction,neolithicum,non-classical logics,notation,numbers,objectivity,Plato,premise,proof,proof by contradiction,proof of irrationality of the square root of 2,proof that there are infinitely many prime,proposition,propositional formula,Pythagoras,Q,quantifier,R,reductio ad absurdum,semantic method to check validity of arguments,semantics,sentential/propositional logic,sound,soundness,statement,syllogism,syntax,tautology,terms in arithmetic,Thales,Thales' theorem,truth table,Z.