## Probability Theory
(7 1/2 points)

Spring 2018, 3rd reading period

## Lecturer and examinator: Jeffrey Steif

** Class times and place **

To be determined.

** Homeworks: **

to be put up.

** COURSE GOALS: **

The aim of the course is that the students learn some of the standard
material usually covered in a Ph.D.

course in probability theory.
These include, among other things,
weak law of large numbers, strong law

of large numbers, random series,
characteristic functions (aka Fourier transforms), the central limit

theorem and Brownian motion.

** INTENDED AUDIENCE: **

This course is intended for graduate students in
mathematics, mathematical statistics

as well as masters students with appropriate backgrounds.

(Please feel free to discuss your backround with me to see
if it is suitable).

Faculty are also of course very welcome.

** PRELIMINARY TOPICS TO BE COVERED: **
Setting up the language of probability theory in terms of
measure and integration theory.
Quick review of a.s. convergence, convergence in probability, convergence
in L_p and convergence in distribution (aka weak* convergence).
General Weak Law of Large Numbers including triangular arrays with
examples.
General Strong Law of Large Numbers.
Random series.
Convergence in distribution, characteristic functions (aka
Fourier transforms) and the Central Limit Theorem.
The Lindeberg-Feller Theorem and some applications.
Introduction to Brownian motion and some of its elementary sample
path properties.

** Prerequisites: **

Integration theory and having seen
some elementary probability theory (feel free to come
and

discuss your background with me).

** Course literature **

** There will not be one specific book that
the course will be based on and all of the following **

books
(for which you can find PDF files for on the internet)
are very good books.

Perhaps the book that will be closest
to the lectures is Durrett's.

Probability: Theory and Examples by Richard Durrett

A first course in probability theory by Kai Lai Chung

Probability and Measure by Patrick Billingsley

** Examination Form: **

There will be some homeworks and a final oral exam.
For masters students, the final might (or might not) be a written exam.

** Course Examinator: **

Jeff Steif (steif@chalmers.se)

Registration:
Please email Jeff Steif (steif@chalmers.se) for registration.
(If you are already on the email list, you do not need to do this.)

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