Will this course come useful to you?
One of the artistic aspects of performance evaluation lies in that seemingly trivial questions in everyday life are directly related to those encountered in the field. For instance, the following questions will turn out to be not only exquisitely relevant to engineering problems in networking but also crucial for avoiding common repetitious pitfalls in the field:
“Why do we feel that we wait relatively longer than others when shopping in ICA or COOP?” (Palm Calculus)
“Can we validate the ad for a ski resort, ‘capacity doubled, waiting time halved’?” (Queuing Theory)
Some more specific problems you may encounter while conducting research or development are as follows:
“If the data is not normal, what kind of method can be used for computing a confidence interval for an arbitrary performance metric?” (Confidence Interval)
“It is well-known that determining whether truncated data follow power-law or not is an intricate problem. How can we test and quantify the goodness of a certain distribution to the data?” (Tests)
“It takes months to estimate by simulation the probability of a very rare event, e.g., a bit error rate of 10-10. Is there any other way around this?” (Discrete Event Simulation)
Answers to all the aforementioned questions and their implications will be taught in the course.