## MATH10013: Probability and Statistics (first half)

This is the web page for first half of the Level 1 course 'Probability and Statistics'
lectured by
Professor Oliver Johnson of the
School of Mathematics
of Bristol University.

Lectures take place throughout teaching block 1 apart from Reading Week (Week 6).

Lectures: 2pm Mondays, 9am Tuesdays Priory LT

Problem classes alternate weeks: 4pm Friday Priory LT

Optional drop-in sessions: 11am Tuesdays, G83 Fry Building or send me an email to try to fix a meeting at other times.

There will be two assessed quizzes counting for 5% credit, deadlines midday Friday 21st October and 18th November

### Lecture notes and Problem Sheets

Lecture notes (with Corrections)

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### Books

*A First Course in Probability*by S. Ross.

### Diversions and links from lectures

Lecture 1: Humans
are not good at generating random numbers

Lecture 2: Ramsey's theorem
(see also Quanta
magazine)

Lecture 3: MIT Blackjack Team

Lecture 4: Lateral flow test positivity - see also (Conditional) Probability is likely to confuse people

Lecture 5: German tank problem

Lecture 6: 10 pin bowling

Class 2: Beating roulette

Lecture 7: Fermi estimation

Lecture 8: Drake equation

Lecture 9: Double your money?

Lecture 10: Infinite Jest tennis match

Class 3: Fighting a truel

Lecture 11: US election special FiveThirtyEight

Lecture 12: Spurious correlations

Class 4:
Benford's Law: Testing Benford's law

Lecture 13: Probabilistic method

Lecture 14: Risk win probabilities

Lecture 15: Alan Turing and probability

Lecture 16: Taskmaster donut game

Class 5: Larry Summers

Lecture 17: Random walks and electrical networks

Lecture 18: Metcheck
snow probabilities,
Bank of England
inflation predictions,
climate change scenarios

Lecture 19: Patronising advice on how to revise

Lecture 20: Quincunx