Welcome to STAT 442.3 (02). This course discusses the theoretical foundations for making inferences about probabilistic models from data. Consideration will be given to Bayesian, likelihood, and frequentist paradigms.Students are expected to have a strong background in the mathematical methods of Statistics, which would be gained by taking a course such as STATS 342. Although not strictly required, it would also be useful for students to have had some exposure to applied statistical methods, to provide context and intuition for the theoretical models that will be discussed. If you are interested in taking the course, and do not have these prerequisites, you should be prepared to convince the instructor that you have sufficient equivalent background to succeed in the course. The following information is from 2011. Current information will become available closer to the beginning of classes.