## Monte Carlo Statistical Methods

**Y**esterday, I started my annual course on * Monte Carlo Statistical Method*, open to the last year Master students in Paris Dauphine. This is a seven week course covering the first half and then more of the book

*, with George Casella. Here are the (yes, 584) slides*

**Monte Carlo Statistical Method****T**hese slides have not changed from last year (no time and no need to!) but this year I have distributed a preliminary copy of ** Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R** to the students so that they can practice Monte Carlo methods, spot typos in the book (only 10 cents per typo because I have no prior about the number of typos!), and write the(ir) solutions to the exercises as homework.

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January 23, 2010 at 10:01 am

[…] a reader, you have to stop and grab it. Lots of fun.”) I noticed the same reactions from my students, so I quite agree with this point. When learning with a book, you need to sit with a piece of paper […]

December 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Dear Professor,

On page 39 of Monte Carlo Statistical Methods, for , the set of is . (1 can also be a trouble in some cases)

So either you extend the domain of to and or as on wikipedia

My remark is not very interesting but in definition 2.3 the distribution function is defined on . So it does not look very clean.

Best Regards

December 10, 2009 at 5:21 pm

It is true that mathematically is an issue. But, probabilistically, generating a is equivalent to generating a in that 0 and 1 have a zero probability to occur. From a software point of view, good random generators cannot return those extreme values….

November 20, 2009 at 7:37 am

The same student in my class pointed out further typos in Chapters 3 and 4. Fortunately, all those were signaled early enough to be corrected in the first printing.

November 10, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I already got two typos signaled by a student in the MCMC course:

– x[i,j]=x[i+n*(j-1)] instead of x[i+p*(j-1)] on page 10

– instead of on page 44

November 10, 2009 at 11:27 am

Missed one seventh of the 5.84 hectoslides…!

November 10, 2009 at 1:59 am

Is it to make me feel guilty for not coming ?