Introduction to Probability Theory, Statistics and Stochastic Processes

4 Credits (3-1-0)

I Semester 2017 -18




Probability Theory: Probability Theory: Axioms of probability, Probability space, Random variable, Some common discrete and continuous distributions, Two and higher dimensional distributions, Functions of random variables, Conditional distributions, Covariance, correlation coefficient, Law of large numbers, Central limit theorem.

(No. of Lectures - 14)


Statistics: Sampling Distribution, Parameter Estimation, Maximum Likelihood Estimator Confidence Interval, Hypothesis Testing, Goodness of Fit test.

(No. of Lectures - 14)


Stochastic Processes: Definition of Stochastic process, Classification and properties of stochastic processes, Simple stochastic processes, Stationary processes, Discrete and continuous time Markov chains, Classification of states, Limiting distribution, Birth and death process, Poisson process, Steady state and transient distributions, Simple Markovian queuing models (M/M/1, M/M/1/N, M/M/c/N, M/M/N/N, M/M/).

(No. of Lectures - 14)

Main Text Books

1.      Introduction to Probability and Stochastic Processes with Applications, Liliana Blanco Castaneda, Viswanathan Arunachalam, S Dharmaraja, Wiley, 2012.

2.      Probability and Statistics with Reliability, Queueing and Computer Science Applications, Kishor S. Trivedi, John Wiley, second edition, 2001.

3.      Introduction to Probability Models, Sheldon M. Ross, Academic Press, tenth edition, 2009.

4.      Introduction to probability and statistics for engineers and scientists, Sheldon M. Ross, Elsevier, fourth edition, 2012.

Reference Books

1.      Introductory Probability and Statistical Applications, Paul L. Meyer, Addison-Wesley, 1966.

2.      Stochastic Processes, J. Medhi, New Age International Publishers, 3rd edition, 2009.

3.      Stochastic Processes, Video course, NPTEL Phase II.

4.      An Introduction to Probability Theory and its Applications, Vol. I & II, William Feller, Wiley Eastern, third edition, 2000.


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Scheme of Evaluation


Two Minor Tests of 25 Marks each

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One Major Examination

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