MATH/STAT 563 Sp21

Mathematical statistics


Theory of sampling distributions; interval and point estimation, sufficient statistics, order statistics, hypothesis testing, correlation and linear regression; introduction to linear models.

Course goals

(1) Develop proficiency in the concepts listed above.
(2) Develop good habits of understanding, communicating, and writing statistical analyses

A syllabus summary deck
Your professor for the course

Professor Sonja Petrović

Office: This semester, I am fully online; check out Office hours info - Spring 2021.

e-contact: The best way to e-communicate with me is via Campuswire (here is the sign-up link; course code provided during the first lecture). If you must email, please use and put the course number in the subject line. Your message will generally be answered within 1-2 business days, but generally more efficiently on Campuswire!

Graduate assistant

The graduate assistant for this course is Hao Liu.

e-contact: The best way to get help is to post a note on Campuswire; you may use the TAOfficeHour chat room. For particular homework grading inquiries you can send a DM on Campuswire, or email

The grading scale will be no more strict than A: 87-100; B: 74-86; C: 60-73; E: 0-59.

Class meetings & logistics

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will meet online - using Zoom. Check your IIT student email for further information on Monday the first day of classes in Spring.

>> When in doubt, revisit the syllabus snapshot slides above.

Wondering what we will learn this semester? Check out the list of course topics by week from 2020; this can serve as an outline of a schedule for the semester.

[the actual lecture schedule may differ this semester due to being fullly online.]

Learning online

OK, maybe you did not sign up for taking online courses... well, I didn't sign up for teaching online either. But, we are agile; we can do this; we are in this together. I am here to help! Please check out the help pages (Help! and Help getting organized) where I've posted some information you may find useful, or also this resource with tips:

Important dates

  • 19.1. (Tue) classes start

  • 9.2. (Tue) no classes (COVID study day)

  • 10.3. (Wed) no classes (COVID study day)

  • 8.4. (Thu) no classes (COVID study day)

  • 30.4. (Fri) no classes (COVID study day)

  • 7.5. (Fri) last day of classes

  • 10.5. - 14.5. (Mon-Fri) final exams.

    • Our final exam is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12, 8-10am. For us, being online, this means we will complete all of the oral exam meetings by end of day Wednesday. You will have a 3-day time window to actually complete the final exam.

View Illinois Tech's Spring 2021 full academic calendar here: academic calendar.

Where are the course notes?

  • On Campuswire!

      • Campuswire is a class discussion forum, very social-media like, and it contains all the links you'll ever need, including links to videos.

  • Looking for the sharable supplemental R Markdown documents and slides? Check out this page!