Topics on Final Exam
The final exam will take place Dec. 19, 5:00-7:00, WWH 201. If you are unable
to make this time, please let me know as soon as possible.
The exam will be closed book and closed notes. No electronic devices are
allowed. The exam will cover only subjects
that were discussed in lecture. The following will
NOT be on the exam.
- Minutiae of MATLAB. The MATLAB plotting functions.
- Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization algorithm
- Algorithm for inverting a matrix.
- Any questions that require any use of calculus.
- Frequentist definitions of confidence intervals or hypothesis testing.
- Any new subjects introduced in the last two lectures 12/5 or 12/12 in the
The exam will have two parts; a short
answer part of questions you should be able to answer quickly, and a number of
small (two or three line) MATLAB programming problems. I will not deduct
points for trivial syntax errors in the MATLAB programs, but otherwise I expect
them to be correct.
List of topics
The following topics will be covered on the exam.
- MATLAB: Basic functionalities. (Notes, Chap. 1)
- Vectors. (Chap 2, except section 2.6 on plotting)
- Basic operations
- Dot product. Orthogonality. Cosine formula.
- Basic applications, as discussed in the notes.
- Linear classifiers, as in the first assignment.
- Matrices (Chap 3)
- Basic operations
- Multiply matrix times vector
- Matrix multiplication
- Linear transformations
- Vector spaces (Chap. 4 section 4.1)
- Vector spaces
- Linear independence
- Basis. Dimension
- Vector space sum. Complement. Orthogonal complement.
- Linear transformations: Rank, image, null space, inverse.
- Categories of systems of linear equations.
- Solving systems of linear equations. (Chap 5, sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.4)
- Row-echelon form
- Gaussian elimination
- MATLAB. You should know the built-in functions
M\C, rank(M), null(M).
You don't need to know the 6 different things M\C does.
- Geometry (Chap 6, except 6.4.7 and 6.4.8).
- Points, lines, and planes
- 3 representational systems for lines and planes
- Problems: identity, conversion, incidence, generation, parallelism,
- Projection of a point onto a line or plane.
Distance from a point to a line or plane.
- Geometric transformations
- Natural and homogeneous coordinates
- Rigid mappings
- Affine transformations
- Change of basis (Chap 7, sec 7.1-7.3)
- Change of coordinate system
- Probability (Chap. 8)
- Sample spaces
- Bayes' Law
- Independence and conditional independence
- Numerical Random Variables (Chap 9)
- Random Variables
- Joint distribution. Marginal distribution
- Expectation, variance, and standard deviation
- Basic theorems including the Central Limit Theorem. I won't ask you to
parrot these back or to prove them, but I may ask questions that require
that you use them.
- Decision theory: Maximize expected utility.
- Specific distributions.
- Bernoulli. Know the distribution, mean, standard deviation, significance.
- Binomial. Know the distribution, mean, standard deviation, significance.
- Inverse power law. Know the distribution, significance, general properties
(large head, long tail). You do not need to know the mean or the
- Uniform continuous. Know the density, the mean, the significance. You do
not need to know the standard deviation.
- Gaussian. Know the density, the mean, the standard deviation, the
- Markov models (Chap 10, sections 10.1, 10.2)
- Transition matrix
- Stationary distribution
- Confidence Intervals (Chap 11, section 11.1). Bayesian definition (11.3)
- Monte Carlo methods (Chap 12.1-12.3, 12.6)
- Finding Area
- Probabilistic problems