The Frozen North



Course Workload

The course consists of lectures, readings, homework assignments, and a final project. Computers generate vast amounts of data from a wide variety of sources (experiments, simulatyions, ...). The purpose of this course is to teach some of the best and most general approaches to the broad problem of how to get the most out of data. The course will explore both theoretical foundations and practical applications. Students will be analyzing several kinds of data, including the ones they syntesize, simulate, or process as images.


No  textbook is seletced which fits the material in this course. Instead, students will be asked to take attend the lectures, take notes, and work on the lectures which will be posted on the course website. Additional papers and book chapters will also be provided as useful reading material:

Numerical Recipes 3rd edition Chapters 7, 10, 14, 15

Very useful site for probablity theory

Computer age statistical inference

The Jackknife, the Bootstrap and Other Resampling Plans

Homework assignments

Four HW assignments are planned approximately every two weeks; these will be a mix of written exercises and programming. PHYS 239 Graduate problems will be more complex and difficult. Homeworks count for 50% of your grade. There will be a short Midterm project with additional 20% and a Final project with 30%.

Late days

All assignments are due at Midnight on the due date. Each student will be allotted six free days which can be used to turn in homework assignments late without penalty. When free days are used up, late homeworks will be penalized 10% per day. Homeworks will not be accepted more than seven days past the deadline. Exceptions might be made for serious illness or other emergency.

Grade policy:

Lecture attendance required at the risk of losing 20% of merit points

HW Assignments (50%)

Midterm (20%)

Final project (30%).