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# Syll319F08 - INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS...

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INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS Economics 319 Fall 2008 Department of Economics, Cornell University TR 1:25-2:40PM Baker Laboratory - 219 INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Francesca Molinari OFFICE: Uris Hall 492 TELEPHONE: (607) 255-6367 E-MAIL: [email protected] CLASS URL : http://blackboard.cornell.edu/ OFFICE HOURS: R 10:00-11:15am TEACHING ASSISTANT: Simon Kwok SECTION 1: F 10:10-11:00 am GSH G22 SECTION 2: F 11:15-12:05 am GSH G22 OFFICE: Uris Hall 457 E-MAIL: [email protected] OFFICE HOURS: M 2:30-5:30 pm Course Description °Probabilities were ±rst considered in games of chance, or gambling. Players of various games of chance observed that there seemed to be ²rules³that governed the roll of dice or the results of spinning a roulette wheel. ( : : : ) But di/erences arose among gamblers about probabilities, and they brought their questions to the noted mathematicians of their day.´ This was the motivation that fueled the development of the modern theories of probability and statistics, which are now widely applied in diverse ±elds of study, including economics, engineering, science, management, etc. This course presents mathematical tools of probability and statistics that constitute the neces- sary foundations for the successful study of Econ 320, Introduction to Econometrics. These two courses, Econ 319 and Econ 320, constitute the advanced sequence designed for students who plan 1

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to go to graduate school and/or like to have a solid econometrics background. Beginning with the academic year 2004/2005, Econ 320 will be o/ered both in the Fall and Spring semesters. I suggest
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