Statistical
Methods
 Tilastolliset
Menetelmät
A 5 ECTS
credit course autumn 2018
General Information
Lectures
Fridays 10.1512.00
in Exactum, room B120
Weeks
3641, 4450
Exercise session Thursdays
12.1513.00
in Physicum, room D106
Starting week
38
Professor Kenneth Österberg
Physicum, 3rd
floor, room C327, reception after lectures
Email:
kenneth.osterberg(at)helsinki.fi
Exercises Fredrik
Oljemark
Physicum, 3rd floor, room B322
Email:
fredrik.oljemark(at)helsinki.fi
Course Literature
Course Content

Fundamental
concepts: experimental errors and their correct interpretation,
frequentist & Bayesian interpretation of probability, the most
common distributions and their applications.

Monte
Carlo methods & statistical tests: basics of Monte Carlo
methods, the concepts of a hypothesis, a test statistic and the
basic principles for the rejection of a hypothesis.

Parameter
& error estimation: the concept of estimation, the maximum
likelihood method (suurimman uskottavuuden
menetelmä) and the method of least squares (pienimmän
neliösumman menetelmä).

Confidence
intervals & Unfolding
The course should provide the
student a firm basis to statistically correctly analyze data from an
physics experiment and do a valid interpretation of the result.
Course Grading (for autumn 2018)
Exercises (10 papers)
gives at maximum 36 points (weight: 50 %),
Home exam gives at
maximum 36 points (weight: 50 %),
Written exam gives at maximum
36 points (weight: 50 %).
The two best of these three will be
used for making the course grade
(you may choose to do only
one out of the two exams if you wish).
Exercises
Exercises given
latest on Thursdays, notification by email, to be returned following
Wednesday before 12.00 Finnish time.
Exercise
papers available here (pdf).
To be returned either to
the locked box (rightmost row, 2nd from bottom) at Physicum's 2nd
floor or by email to fredrik.oljemark(at)helsinki.fi
Model
answers to exercises available here (pdf).
Intermediate summary of exercise points (pdf).
Course exam
Home exam Tuesday 18.12.2018 10am  Thursday 20.12.2018 5pm
AND/OR
Written
exam at general exam (date & time to be determined)
Previous
departmental exams: 17.6.2015,
16.6.2016,
24.8.2017,
19.1.2018.
Other News
First
lecture on Fri 7.9.2018 !!
First exercise paper given
13.9.2018 !
No lecture Fri 26.10.2018 !!
Extra demolectures:
Fri 19.10.2018 Analysis package ROOT and multivariate toolkit TMVA
Fri 2.11.2018 "Uncertainty budgets in traceable measurements"
Fri 7.12.2018 "Deep learning"
Send any comments or questions about this page to
kenneth.osterberg(at)helsinki.fi