Introduction to Probability

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Learn probability, an essential language and set of tools for understanding data, randomness, and uncertainty.

Course Format:Instructor-Led
Start Date:Feb 22, 2019

What you will learn

  • How to think about uncertainty and randomness
  • How to make good predictions
  • The story approach to understanding random variables
  • Common probability distributions used in statistics and data science
  • Methods for finding the expected value of a random quantity
  • How to use conditional probability to approach complicated problems

Overview

Probability and statistics help to bring logic to a world replete with randomness and uncertainty. This course will give you tools needed to understand data, science, philosophy, engineering, economics, and finance. You will learn not only how to solve challenging technical problems, but also how you can apply those solutions in everyday life.

With examples ranging from medical testing to sports prediction, you will gain a strong foundation for the study of statistical inference, stochastic processes, randomized algorithms, and other subjects where probability is needed.

Before you start

Familiarity with U.S. high school level algebra concepts; Single-variable calculus: familiarity with matrices. derivatives and integrals.

Not all units require Calculus, the underlying concepts can be learned concurrently with a Calculus course or on your own for self-directed learners.

Units 1-3 require no calculus or matrices; Units 4-6 require some calculus, no matrices; Unit 7 requires matrices, no calculus.

Previous probability or statistics background not required.
  • Instructor-Led: course contains assignments and exams that have specific due dates, and you complete the course within a defined time period.
  • Course ends: Feb 22, 2019

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