MATH4240  Stochastic Processes  2016/17
Announcement
 Welcome to the course! No tutorial lecture in the 1st week. Here is the tentative schedule of the course: [Download file]
 Quiz 1: in class on Feb 17; cover all lectures up to Feb 10.
 Midterm Test: 1) Time and place: 9:30am10:15am on March 13, MMW 702 (Tutorial lecture will be canceled for the test). 2) Covers: up to all (class and tutorial) lectures on March 6.
 Quiz 2: in class on April 7; covers: 1) Periodicity and longtime behaviour of Markov chains, and 2) Basic properties of MJP, particularly Poisson process.
 Tutorial on April 10 will change to course lecture, and course lecture on April 21 will change to Tutorial.
General Information
Lecturer

Prof. Renjun DUAN
 Office: LSB 206
 Tel: 39437977
 Email:
 Office Hours: 9:00AM10:15AM on each Friday or by appointment
Teaching Assistant

Mr. Shilei KONG
 Office: LSB 222A
 Tel: 39433575
 Email:
 Office Hours: Mo 1:30PM  4:30PM, Tu 2:30PM  4:30PM, Th 1:30PM  4:30PM
Time and Venue
 Lecture: Mo 10:30AM  12:15PM, Mong Man Wai Bldg 702; Fr 10:30AM  11:15AM, Lady Shaw Bldg LT3
 Tutorial: Mo 9:30AM  10:15AM, Mong Man Wai Bldg 702
Course Description
Bernoulli processes and sum of independent random variables, Poisson processes, times of arrivals, Markov chains, transient and recurrent states, stationary distribution of Markov chains, Markov pure jump processes, and birth and death processes. Students taking this course are expected to have knowledge in probability.
Textbooks
 Introduction to Stochastic Processes by Hoel, Port and Stone (Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3 ONLY)
References
 Essentials of Stochastic Processes by Durrett (many applied examples)
 Introduction to Stochastic Processes by Lawler (condense)
 Basic Stochastic Processes by Brzezniak and Zastawniak (more theoretical)
 Denumerable Markov chains by Wolfgang Woess (more topics on Markov chains)
 Stochastic Processes by Sheldon Ross (more advanced)
Lecture Notes
 A Historical Note
 Summary of Chapter 0
 Summary of Chapter 1 (updated on Feb 13)
 Summary of Chapter 2 (updated on Mar 13)
 Summary of Chapter 3 (updated on April 10)
 Corrections (updated on April 10)
Tutorial Notes
 Tutorial Note 1 (2017.1.16)
 Tutorial Note 2 (2017.1.23)
 Tutorial Note 3 (2017.2.6)
 Tutorial Note 4 (2017.2.13)
 Tutorial Note 5 (2017.2.20)
 Tutorial Note 6 (2017.2.27)
 Tutorial Note 7 (2017.3.6)
 Tutorial Note 8 (2017.3.20)
 Tutorial Note 910 (2017.3.27 / 4.3)
 Tutorial Note 11 (2017.4.21)
Assignments
Quizzes and Exams
Solutions
 Suggested Solution to Homework 1
 Suggested Solution to Homework 2
 Suggested Solution to Homework 3
 Suggested Solution to Homework 4
 Suggested Solution to Homework 5
 Suggested Solution to Homework 6
Assessment Scheme
Homework (about four times)  10%  
Two Quizzes (Quiz 1 is on Feb 17; Quiz 2 is on Apr 7)  15%  
Midterm (March 13)  25%  
Final Exam (The date TBA by the University)  50% 
Useful Links
 Probability, Mathematical Statistics, Stochastic Processes (An open source)
 Essentials of Stochastic Processes (Richard Durrett)
 Markov Chains (James Norris)
 A First Course in Probability (Sheldon Ross)
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Last updated: April 14, 2017 16:43:20