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Probability and Statistics

Many subjects at MIT require acquaintance with probability or statistics, and there are several options for gaining this expertise. The principal ones are 18.05, 6.041A+B, and 18.600. All have 18.02 as a prerequisite. Here is a brief comparison of these three subjects.

  • 18.05 (Introduction to Probability and Statistics) is an elementary introduction to both probability and statistics with applications.
  • 6.041A+6.041B (Introduction to Probability I and II) is an introduction to probability theory, and modeling and analysis of probabilistic systems, which also includes a treatment of the elements of statistical inference.
  • 18.600 (Probability and Random Variables) covers a broader range of topics in probability, at greater depth than either 18.05 or 6.041A+B, and it is the probability subject of choice for most Mathematics majors. 18.650 is a companion subject on statistics, accepting either 18.600 or 6.041A+B as prerequisite.