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Mathematics for statisticians


Admission requirements



Mathematics and computation are the lingua franca of statistics. In this course students will refresh and extend their mathematics skills needed to deal with the formal part of statistics. Topics from pre-Calculus, Calculus, linear algebra and geometry are discussed and trained.

Course objectives

Leveling up the necessary mathematical knowledge for successfully completing the Master’s specialisation in Statistical Science for the Life & Behavioural sciences.

Time Table

For the course days, course location and class hours check the Time Table 2013-14 under the tab “Masters Programme” at

Mode of Instruction

Class hours are dedicated to assist in problem solving and questions on the material. Students need to prepare for these contact hours via self-study using a book and video-tutorials. Video-tutorials can be found on the blackboard page.

The student is advised to already try to solve the relevant exercises so as to understand his/her problems with the theory.

During the afternoon session returned homework will be discussed in addition to working through the exercises. Students may also start working on the new homework. Homework has to be handed in the following Thursday before the class starts.

Assessment method

Weekly homework assignments (1/3) and a written exam (2/3)

The homework of each Lecture can be found on the blackboard page.

The written exam is schedule for October 28, 2013 at 14.00-17.00. The re-sit is scheduled for December 23, 2013 at 14.00-17.00. The location where the written exams will be announced in the course.

Details on the exam: during the exam it is only allowed to consult specific formulae sheets distributed by the teacher.

Reading list

Calculus a complete course, Robert A. Adams &Christopher Essex, 2013 Pearson Education Canada ISBN-13 978-0-321-78107-9.

Course Registration

Besides the registration for the (re-)exam in uSis, course registration via blackboard is compulsory.

Contact information

Lotte [at] math [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl


  • This is a compulsory course in the Master’s programme of the specialisation Statistical Science for the Life & Behavioural sciences.