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My learning journey in Probability (Uncertainty and Data)

Probability is a branch of mathematics that deals with uncertainty and randomness. It plays an essential role in various fields, such as science, engineering, finance, and social sciences. In my learning journey of Probability (Uncertainty and Data), I have gained valuable knowledge and skills in probability theory and its applications in data analysis.

In the course, I learned about the fundamentals of probability, including the definition of probability, probability axioms, and the concept of random variables. I also learned about probability distributions, such as the binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions, and their applications in data analysis. The course provided an overview of hypothesis testing and confidence intervals, which are crucial in statistical inference.

One of the most valuable lessons I learned in the course was the importance of understanding the underlying assumptions of probability models. I gained an understanding of the limitations of probability models and how to test their assumptions to ensure their validity. I also learned about the central limit theorem and its applications in sample statistics, which helped me understand the concepts of standard error and sampling distribution.

The course also covered the use of probability in decision making, including decision trees and expected value. I gained an understanding of the principles of decision theory and how to apply them in real-world scenarios.

Week 1: Probability models and axioms

1. Probability Models: The course provides an introduction to probability models, including discrete and continuous models. The module covers the definition of probability, sample spaces, events, and probability axioms. The module also covers probability distributions such as the binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions, and their applications in data analysis.
2. Axiomatic Approach: The module explains the axiomatic approach to probability theory, which is the mathematical framework that underlies the theory of probability. The module covers the three axioms of probability: non-negativity, additivity, and normalization. The module also discusses how these axioms are used to derive important properties of probability, such as conditional probability, independence, and Bayes’ theorem.
3. Applications in Data Analysis: The module highlights the importance of probability theory in data analysis and its applications in various fields, such as finance, engineering, and social sciences. The module shows how probability models are used to model real-world phenomena, such as coin tosses, dice rolls, and insurance claims. The module also covers the use of probability in decision making, including decision trees and expected value.

I found some problems quite interesting:

Set operations and probabilities Week 2: Conditioning and independence

1. Conditional Probability: The module covers conditional probability, which is the probability of an event occurring given that another event has already occurred. The module explains how to calculate conditional probability using the multiplication rule and Bayes’ theorem. It also shows how to use conditional probability to solve real-world problems, such as medical diagnosis and weather forecasting.
2. Independence: The module explains the concept of independence between events, which occurs when the occurrence of one event does not affect the probability of the other event occurring. The module covers the definition of independence, the relationship between independence and conditional probability, and how to determine whether two events are independent.
3. Applications in Data Analysis: The module highlights the importance of conditioning and independence in data analysis and its applications in various fields, such as finance, engineering, and social sciences. The module shows how to use probability models to model real-world phenomena that depend on multiple factors. The module also covers the use of probability in decision making, including decision trees and expected value. Overall, the module provides a solid foundation for understanding how to use probability models to analyze and solve problems that involve multiple factors.

I found some problems quite interesting:

Two five-sided dice

You roll two five-sided dice. The sides of each die are numbered from 1 to 5. The dice are “fair” (all sides are equally likely), and the two die rolls are independent.   Overall, my learning journey in Probability (Uncertainty and Data) has provided me with a solid foundation in probability theory and its applications in data analysis. I am confident that the knowledge and skills I gained in the course will be valuable in my future endeavors, whether in academia or industry.

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