ESD.86 Models, Data and Inference for Socio-Technical Systems

Spring 2007

Photo of many cars at night stuck on a highway in Bangkok.
Sitting in traffic may be a fact of life in Bangkok and many other cities, but efficient queueing techniques discussed in this class can improve the efficiency of many lines in which we wait. (Photo courtesy of *keng.)

Course Highlights

This course features complete lecture notes and assignments.

Course Description

In this class, students use data and systems knowledge to build models of complex socio-technical systems for improved system design and decision-making. Students will enhance their model-building skills, through review and extension of functions of random variables, Poisson processes, and Markov processes; move from applied probability to statistics via Chi-squared t and f tests, derived as functions of random variables; and review classical statistics, hypothesis tests, regression, correlation and causation, simple data mining techniques, and Bayesian vs. classical statistics. A class project is required.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .m and .xls.

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Prof. Daniel D. Frey
Prof. Richard C. Larson

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / sesssion