June 06, 2010

Hogan, Michael
Probability

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Hogan is Brilliant with the material.

It is a pretty challenging course, though, especially for people taking probability for the first time. The course is heavy on breadth and includes things, such as, copulas, simulation, and so on.

The class is fast-paced. The exams are average in terms of difficulty. However, an A still requires a significant amount of effort, as being in the top 20 percent will mean to compete with people who have taken probability before and are probably very good at it. I was struck dumb not to make it up there, even though I have taken probability before.

Workload:

Mid-term, Final, Weekly Problem Sets

July 19, 2009

Brown, Mark
Probability

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Yeah, like the other reviews say Brown is a boring guy who has difficulty relating to his students and seems oblivious to the class while he lectures, but he gave more opportunities to learn the material and do well than any professor I had in college. He keeps things straight forward, solving examples in the textbook and letting us know what he expected us to do on tests. This is a problem solving course, and you mostly learn the material by working through the notes he posts online and doing the hw. And if you're struggling, he solves the hw problems for you in recitation the day before they are due. There is also a huge curve.

The second half of the class is harder than the first and you have to know calculus well, but that's it. Despite what some other students say, this is not a hard class. If you earned your place here you won't have trouble with it.

January 07, 2007

Brown, Mark
Probability

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Prof. Brown is an extremely nice person in person, although his lecture style can be a bit intimidating. Unless you've already familiarized yourself with the material he's lecturing on, you'll often have a tough time following him in class. The key to passing his class, is to go to his homework sessions where he'll show you how to do any homework problems you're stuck on. He's extremely patient and is willing to go over a problem until you understand it.

This is not an easy course, you've got to put in some time to do well. The exams, mercifully, allow you to choose from a number of problems to work. For instance, the final exam had 20 problems, but you had to answer only 8. That's a help, though, even so, you might have a hard time finding 8 you can answer.

All in all, I found Prof. Brown very likeable, and I did learn some probability, although I don't think there's much he can do to make this course a pleasant experience.

Workload:

bi-weekly problem sets, one midterm, final.

December 27, 2006

Paninski, Liam
Probability

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Nice guy but boring class. Basically he spends the whole class doing proofs and working out calculations. He give good examples, where everyone figures out in the first 5 min how to set up and solve it, but then he goes on for 15 min solving tedious calculations. He should just skip to the answer. I took as an undergrad a probability course which I think helped me alot, thus this class was fairly easy for me. I think those who took this class as an intro to probability theory had a very difficult time. I hate the Ross book we used. It uses examples to teach, not proofs, which is something I don't like (others might like it though). Also, I feel that the book got pretty useless by the later chapters (almost as if Ross was tired of writing it)

Workload:

HW every 2 weeks or so (6 or 7 total) In class midterm with note sheet (format is select 5 out of aprox 10 problems to complete), in class final with note sheet (select 8 out of 20 problems to complete)

August 17, 2005

Hogan, Michael
Probability

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I think the material is difficult no matter how you slice and dice it (no pun intended), but he is really sincere and patient in explaining the concepts if you go up to him after class or go to his office hours. I do agree though that the grading system seems somewhat arbitrary, and the take-home midterm was more than difficult (the no -help/work independently rule is complete bull). Since he's teaching the course again next semester, I would suggest padding the homeworks much more so people can follow along better over the course of the semester.

July 30, 2005

Hogan, Michael
Probability

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ok, so the previous reveiwer is rather accurate. Hogan does tend to confuse people in class. But, to be fair, during office hours he is more than ready to explain things over. He even gives out his phone number to people who cant come to his office and he explains the problems over the phone. When i went to office hours he explained the concepts thoroughly. So, he does care, but is still learning the ropes. Last semester (spring of 05) was his first time teaching, so cut the guy some slack. He looks to the class for suggestions, and actually LISTENS. Also for any of you interested in finance jobs, he worked at morgan stanley in fixed income research before he came back to teach. He was more than ready to talk about it with me although dont expect anything more than information (ie dont take the class to get contacts at morgan stanley)

Workload:

multiple guess final with a funky sat-like grading system (less points if you get it wrong than if you leave it blank) and two midterms, one take home

June 23, 2004

Loh, Ji Meng
Probability

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If you like probability, this is a good class. Ji Meng Lo teaches very slowly, carefully taking apart probability questions in a slow, step-by-step manner. He is a funny oddball of a man, and the class is a very interseting group of characters who are all really smart. at first, the class is very easy, basic probability questions about the probability of randomly picking such and such, basic stuff.
The first midterm is a breeze, he even lets us have cheat sheets (two sided page). The 2nd half, however, might take a little extra work, the pdf's and the pmf's get quite complicated and by the end you have to put in that extra effort. If you get the math, you can get this class, and do well. Rest assured, the class is full of math majors so the average is high, so like they say, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Class attendance was very high, too. I checked my problem sets online at other colleges, which was helpful. The book ain't bad either, but this class can get boring. If pdf's and pmf's and funny questions about randomly picking matches out of your pockets and figuring out which pocket is likely to have the last match, then you'll do just fine.

Workload:

Weekly problem sets (doable), midterm, final

November 17, 2003

Loh, Ji Meng
Probability

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Very hard to understand what he is saying. decent guy. class sucked. its starts off easy for the first month but after the midterm get real hard.

Workload:

Weekly problem sets, which get harder and more time consuming. midterm final

May 28, 2003

Kou, Steven
Probability

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Kou is a little tough to understand at first, but is very helpful through office hours. Attending classes is key, as he gives some problems and case studies that will be on exams. But, he does cover all the stuff you'll need to know for future classes. A little extra effort in this class will make junior/senior year much easier.

Workload:

Long weekly problem sets, midterm, final. Not over excessive though

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