STATS 306: Introduction to Statistical Computing

Fall 2017

Class Information

Instructor Information

Name: Ambuj Tewari

Office: 454 West Hall

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00 pm -- 2:00 pm and Wednesdays, 4:00 pm -- 5:00 pm


GSI Information

Name: Brook Luers

Lab Webpage:

Lab Hours and Location: Tuesdays 10:00 am -- 11:30 am in B760 East Hall

Office Hours and Location: Mondays 3:15 pm -- 4:45 pm and Thursdays 3:00 pm -- 4:30 pm in SLC (1720 CHEM)


Name: Kidus Asfaw

Lab Webpage:

Lab Hours and Location: Mondays 4:00 pm -- 5:30 pm in B760 East Hall

Office Hours and Location: Mondays 2:45 pm -- 3:45 pm and Fridays 1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm in SLC (1720 CHEM)



The final grade in the course will be determined by your scores in homework, a midterm exam, and a final exam using the weights given below

Academic Integrity

All students are expected to abide by the LSA Community Standards of Academic Integrity. Any instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean’s office.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

If you think you need an accommodation for a disability, please let me know at your earliest convenience. Some aspects of this course, the assignments, the in-class activities, and the way the course is usually taught may be modified to facilitate your participation and progress. As soon as you make me aware of your needs, we can work with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to help us determine appropriate academic accommodations. SSD (734-763-3000; typically recommends accommodations through a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) form. Any information you provide is private and confidential and will be treated as such.

R Notebooks

The notebooks containing lecture material are all in a github repository:

The notebooks themselves are just static documents (in JSON format) but clicking on the links will show you properly rendered notebooks thanks to the awesome rendering service at


Week 0 (Sep 6)

Week 1 (Sep 11, 13)

Week 2 (Sep 18, 20)

Week 3 (Sep 25, 27):

Week 4 (Oct 2, 4):

Week 5 (Oct 9, 11):

Week 6 (Oct 18): [Oct 16 is during Fall Study Break]

Week 7 (Oct 23, 25)

Week 8 (Oct 30, Nov 1)

Week 9 (Nov 6, 8)

Week 10 (Nov 13, 15)

Week 11 (Nov 20) [Nov 22 is part of Thanksgiving Recess]

Week 12 (Nov 27, 29)

Week 13 (Dec 4, 6)

Week 14 (Dec 11) [Classes end on Dec 12]