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uhhh its like a pretty good subject in that you learn a lot but the content delivery was not very good at all. even though we lost a week due to covid the coordinaters were still like yolo lets still teach like pretty much all the content. sophie was sick, mark was very rushed

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2020

Very Hard Subject when taught in the first semester!!! Managed to score better in semester 2 which the exam was fairly understandable!!! if you have to deal with a lot of basic, cdfs, pdfs and continuous and discrete functions in one A4 sheet of paper you only have to know some of them!!! Very difficult the first time but second it was a different lecturer teaching this subject. Take caution before taking this subject!!!!!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019

I find this subject really hard, i spent time trying to understand the concept, but it was still hard. Even listening to the lecture does not really help. People said probability for statistics is easier.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

I did this subject waaay out of order, after a heap of other second year maths and some third year as well, and I found it to be reasonably difficult. Doing this after nothing but Calc 2 + Lin Alg would have killed me. This is a really, really hard subject for an introductory second year maths subject. If you can get past all that, however, it's a really beautiful one IMO. The tools you learn have clear practical implications, and there are a lot of nice "aha!" moments. A good old unimelb MAST 80% exam so be prepared for this one.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019

Definitely a hard subject, I scraped through though I enjoyed the experience thoroughly. Aihua is an incredibly humble man and a great lecturer who always made the theatre laugh though he is also an unforgiving exam writer. Subject is dense in content, though it is less heavy in the first and last topics. Common criticism is there are not enough examples on the slides and the lecturers don't cover as many as you would expect coming from Calc2 and LA. The subject aims to build an intuition, rather than become another that you learn to apply formulas with. However this is a bit annoying when they have stuff like Taylor series and proofing methods that are not properly covered in the pre-reqs, so it can be a bit daunting if you haven't done vector calc/real analysis. And as always, exam scaling is your best friend.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

Hard but rewarding. Although I was warned by other people how hard this subject could be, I still changed from MAST20006 to MAST20004. Probability is more theoretical and in-depth than probability for statistics. Aihua is a funny lecturer and makes jokes in every lecture. The exam is pretty standard, a little harder than 2018. The content is really heavy, around 630 notes. But you will be amazed by how much you have learned when you do your revision.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

Interesting in general but concepts are broad. It requires a lot of thinking to read between the slides to understand the logic behind the topics. Also, I personally didn’t like the way the subject was taught; there was not enough examples and whenever there was, Mark would just write down the answers and skip many steps. My advice is to ask questions in tutorials and watching video consultations also really helped.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

Really interesting and intellectually stimulating subject with great lecturers. Really tough exam, but it was scaled quite generously

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

Nathan Ross is awesome. Just keep up to date on problem sheet and tutorial questions then you will be fine.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Fairly doable subject if you've done Vector Calculus and Accelerated Maths. Fairly difficult otherwise because there are multiple integrals and Taylor series involved. However, it is a very interesting introduction to probability that provides a solid working foundation for other probability subjects. Would suggest keeping up to date on tutorial questions. Nathan Ross is a funny guy but he loves his proofs; be wary of that if you don't.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016