Spring 2022 - STAT 380 D100

Introduction to Stochastic Processes (3)

Class Number: 6717

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2022
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    STAT 330, or all of: STAT 285, MATH 208W, and MATH 251, all with a minimum grade of C-.



Review of discrete and continuous probability models and relationships between them. Exploration of conditioning and conditional expectation. Markov chains. Random walks. Continuous time processes. Poisson process. Markov processes. Gaussian processes. Quantitative.


Course Outline:

  1. Review: Chapters 1,2,3 of text
  2. Discrete Time Markov Chains
  3. Poisson Processes
  4. Continuous Time Markov Chains
  5. Applications to Queuing and Renewal Theory
  6. Introduction to Brownian Motion and Diffusion
  7. Monte Carlo Simulation

Computing Requirments:
Students should feel comfortable in some programming environment, preferably R because I will be giving assignments and doing examples in R.


  • Assignments 30%
  • Midterms (Date: Wednesday, February 9th, and Wednesday, March 16th, 2022) 30%
  • Final Exam 40%


Above grading is subject to change.



Required Text:

Introduction to Probability Models (12th Edition) by: S.M. Ross. Publisher: Academic Press

Book is available through the SFU Bookstore

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Tutor Requests:
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Registrar Notes:


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