STAT3061 Random Processes and their Applications

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Mathematics and Statistics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
This unit introduces basic notions and applications of random processes, i.e. randomly evolving dynamical systems which exhibit dependencies over time. The core material focuses on the simplest and most important class of such processes, namely, Markov-dependent processes which occupy discrete states and evolve in discrete or continuous time. Fundamental concepts and properties are introduced and explained (rather than proved). This unit emphasises modelling and numerical computation.
Students are able to (1) apply statistical reasoning to analyse the essential structure of problems involving random processes; (2) extend their knowledge of mathematical and statistical techniques and adapt known solutions to different situations; (3) communicate effectively with others; (4) present mathematical results in a logical and coherent fashion; (5) undertake continuous learning, aware that an understanding of fundamentals is necessary for effective application; and (6) use symbolic mathematics applications to compute numerical attributes of specific Markov chain/process models.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) tests; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Serena Dipierro
Unit rules
STAT2061 Probability and Mathematical Statistics
STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
Contact hours
lectures: 5 hours per fortnight; labs: 2 hours per fortnight
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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