*Probability & Statistics
*Probability Theory
*A branch of mathematics concerned with analysis
of random phenomena.
*Statistics
*A branch of mathematics dealing with the
collection, analysis, interpretation, and
presentation of masses of numerical data.
Source: MerriamWebster Dictionary
*Why use Prob & Stats (P&S)?
*Uncertainties in real world problems are unavoidable.
*Quantitative riskbenefit tradeoffs based on P&S can be used
to quantify uncertainty and evaluate its effect on the
performance and design of a system.
*Its application ranges from describing basic information to the
development of bases for design and decision making.
*Uncertainty
*Represents the natural randomness of an underlying phenomenon.
*Successive observations of a system or phenomenon do not produce
exactly the same result.
*Number of credit hours P&S students are registered for.
*Two types:
*Aleatory  Inherent to the phenomenon being studied.
* We cannot control it.
*Epistemic  Associated with inaccuracies in predictions or estimates.
* Can be reduced with improvements in estimation methods.
*Design under Uncertainty
*Mastery of probabilities allows to assess risks and make
better decisions.
*Often involves tradeoffs
*Too conservative – Excessively costly
*Too lax – Sacrifices safety
*Population vs. Sample
* Sample – collections of observations.
* Incomplete knowledge
* Estimators: ,
* Population – collections of all individuals or individual items of a particular
type.
* Complete knowledge
* Parameters: µ,
* Typically, we collect samples and use these samples to make inferences
about a population.
* Generalizing info in sample often leads to errors.
*Discrete vs. Continuous
*Continuous  measured on a continuum.
*Associated with an finite or infinite interval of real numbers.
* ∈ ℝ  ≥ 0
* ∈ ℝ  ≤ 5
*Its precision depends on the measuring instrument.
* i.e., number of decimal digits recorded
*Examples:
* Process yield
* Water absorbency
*Discrete vs. Continuous
*Discrete – Associated with a finite ( = {0,1,2,3,4,5}) or infinite
( = {0,1, …, ∞}) range
*Nominal – order does not matter, often used to binary data
* Examples:
* Tumor: Cancerous, NonCancerous
* Eye Color: Blue, Green, Brown, Black
*Ordinal – order matters, often used to represent count data
* Example:
* Patient’s age group: 0  9, 10  19, 20  29,…, 91+
*Data Type Examples
*Discrete:
*Number of scratches on a surface.
*Number of transmitted bits received in error.
*Number of common stock shares traded per day.
*Continuous:
*Electrical current and voltage.
*Physical measurements
* i.e., length, weight, time, temperature, pressure.
*Discrete or continuous?
1. Number of scratches in your brand new car.
2. Steps between your apartment’s exit and II204.
3. Workout time at the gym.
4. Number of blue M&M’s in a snack size bag.
5. Duration of Pitbull’s latest single.
*Descriptive Statistics
*A set of singlenumber statistics that provide information about a
sample regarding the:
* Center and/or other location of the data
* Variability
* Shape
*Often, accompanied by graphs.
* Example: Exam grades
*Measures of Location
*Provide the analyst with quantitative values of where the
center, or some other location, of data is located.
*Central Tendency = location of the center
*Central Tendency
* Given a sample of n observations
* Sample mean
* Sensitive to outliers
* Most widely used
* Weighted sample mean
* Considers nonequally important criteria
* Trimmed Mean
* Removes a certain number of the largest and smallest values in a sample.
* % trimmed mean indicates which percentage to shed from each tail
* Median – p
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* Observations must be arranged in increasing order of magnitude
* More robust estimator of the mean
* Uninfluenced by extreme values or outliers
* Observation in the “middle”
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*Weighted Average Example # 1
*Suppose at the end of your first semester, you want to calculate your
GPA. The following table describes the amount of credits you were
enrolled in and the grades you obtained:
*What is your GPA?
Course Credits Grade
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Absolute weights
*Weighted Average Example # 2
*Suppose at the end of your first semester, you want to
calculate your attendance grade under the following
conditions:
*Attendance was recorded 28 times.
*You have one excused and five unexcused absences.
*You did not come prepared to class 3 times.
*What is your attendance grade?
1 ∗ 20 + 0 ∗ 5 + 0.5 ∗ 3
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Absolute weights
*Weighted Average Example # 3
*Suppose at the end of your first semester, you want to calculate your
GPA. The following table describes the amount of credits you were
enrolled in and the grades you obtained:
*What is your final grade?
Item Score Value Grade %
Exam 1 65 100 20%
Exam 2 75 100 20%
Exam 3 89 100 20%
Final Exam 91 100 20%
Quizzes/Projects 135 150 15%
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*Another Measure of Central Tendency
*Mode
*Most frequent value in a data set or probability distribution
*Example: 4 4 2 5 4 11 12 1 5 6 6 7 8 3 10 9 3
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STEP 1: Order observations from smallest to largest
*Ordered observations: 27, 75, 76, 78, 80, 83, 84, 86, 87, 110
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Less sensitive to outliers
Not as insensitive as the median
Everything but the middle is trimmed
*Other Measures of Location
*Maximum or Minimum
*Percentiles
or quantiles
*Given a sample of observations, a value for which a specified
fraction of the data values is less than or equal to
* can be any number between 1 and 100
*Quartiles
* 1: = 0.25
* 2: = 0.50
* 3: = 0.75
*Quartiles
*Q1 is the median of the first half of the observations
*Q3 is the median of the second half of the observations
*Example:
*Oddnumber of observations: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10
*Evennumber of observations: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12
HINT: We always need to sort our observations
1 = 3.5 3 = 9
1 = 3 3 = 8
*Percentiles
*Different software use different equations.
*One potential formula:
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* First observation: = 1
* = total number of observations
* = fraction
*For the following set of data: 12, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24
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*Measures of Variability
*Variability reduction can be a challenging task.
*Cannot make decisions focusing only on central tendency.
*Sometimes referred to as measures of spread.
*Variability is always our ENEMY!
* It is impossible to get rid of all variability.
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*Variability
* Given a sample of n observations
*Sample variance
* Sensitive to outliers
* Most widely used
* Degrees of freedom(df): n – 1
* Lost one df estimating the sample mean
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*Team Exercise # 1
*Given the following set of observations:
*83, 27, 80, 84, 75, 76, 110, 78, 86, 87
1. Calculate all measures of central tendency
*Mean
*10% Trimmed Mean
*Median
*Weighted average  smallest and largest observations get half
the weight of the remaining observations
*Why use graphical summaries?
*Can easily convey information about:
1. Central tendency
2. Spread / Variability
3. Shape
Source: oiip.uprm.edu/
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*Simple graphical displays
*Scatter Plot
*Dot Diagram
*Histograms
*Stem and leaf
*Box plots
*Time series
*Shape
*Skewness
* A symmetric distribution can be folded along a vertical axis so that the two sides
coincide.
* Skewness measures the lack of symmetry with respect to a vertical axis.
* Associated with long tails.
* Skewed right (Positive Skewed) – long tail toward the right.
* Skewed left (Negative Skewed) – long tail toward the left.
*Kurtosis
* Measures the peakedness of a distribution.
* A Normal distribution has a kurtosis of 3.
* More peaked: Kurtosis > 3
* Less peaked: Kurtosis < 3
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*Describe the shape of the following grade distributions
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*Conveys information about changes in central tendency and/or
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*Histogram
Steps:
1. Divide the range of the data into intervals (or bins)
* Common choices
* Number of bins is equal to √n
* Number of bins between 5  20
2. Select the form of the intervals
* Equal size [ = (max − min ) / ]
* Equal probability
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* Absolute frequency – counts
* Relative frequency – percentage
* Cumulative frequency – either in the form of counts or percentages
*Note on Histograms
*Right Closed vs. Left Closed
*Suppose you have data between 0 and 100.
*You intend to use 10 bins in a histogram.
Where does 10 go?
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*Histograms in Quality Control (QC)
*Pareto analysis is the use of histograms to identify
improvement opportunities.
*In QC, Pareto analysis is used to identify quality costs by
category, or by product, or by type of detect of non
conformity.
*80/20 Rule of Thumb:
*“Vital few”
*Find the few problems that drive the majority of the quality costs
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*Histogram: Example 1
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*Histogram: Example 2
*Central tendency / Dispersion ?
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Which sample has the largest variability?
A = Left B = Right C = Can’t tell
*Histogram: Example 3
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*Histogram: Example 4
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*StemandLeaf
1. Order data
2. Divide data into two parts
*Stem – one or more of the leading digits
*Leaf – remaining digits
3. List the stem values in a vertical column
*Sometimes break the stem in upper (U) and lower (L) half
4. Record each leaf beside its stem
5. Include units for stems and leaves on display
6. OPTIONAL: Keep a tally of the number of leaves per stem
*StemandLeaf: Nicotine Data
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*Box Plots
*Convey information about central tendency, dispersion, and
shape
*Central tendency: median
*Variability: interquartile range (IQR)
*Additional summary statistics: min, max, *mean*
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*Outliers?
*Any point larger than 3 +1.5 ∗ ?
*Any point smaller than 1 −1.5 ∗ ?
*Extreme outliers?
*Any point larger than 3 +3 ∗ ?
*Any point smaller than 1 −3 ∗ ?
*Link to traditional tools
Source: Managing, Controlling, and Improving Quality (2011)
*Link to current literature
Source: IEEE/ACS International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications, 2009.
*Team Exercise # 2
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*Box Plot Example
*Sample 1: 4,6,8,13,15,16,20
*Sample Mean: ?
*Median (Q2): ?
*First quartile (Q1): ?
*Third quartile (Q3): ?
*IQR: ?
*Sample 2: 4,6,8,13,15,16,20,36
*Sample Mean: ?
*Median (Q2): ?
*First quartile (Q1): ?
*Third quartile (Q3): ?
*IQR: ?
*Box Plot Example  2
*Sample 1: 4,6,8,13,15,16,20
*Sample Mean: 11.71
*Median (Q2): 13
*First quartile (Q1): 6
*Third quartile (Q3): 16
*IQR: 10
*Sample 2: 4,6,8,13,15,16,20,36
*Sample Mean: 14.75
*Median (Q2): 14
*First quartile (Q1): 7
*Third quartile (Q3): 18
*IQR: 11
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