SF2940 Probability Theory 7.5 credits


The overall purpose of the course is that the student should be well acquainted with basic concepts in probability theory, models and solution methods applied to real problems.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

  • Kolmogorov axioms and basic notions of measurability
  • Random variables and their distributions, independence, conditional probabilities, conditional expectation
  • Convergence of random variables, law of large numbers
  • Convergence in distribution, characteristic function, central limit theorem
  • Multivariate normal distribution and introduction to Gaussian processes

Intended learning outcomes *

The overall aim of the course is for students to become well-acquainted with basic probability theory concepts, models and solutions methods applied to concrete problem.

After passing the course, the students should be able to

  • formulate and explain central definitions, results and theorems within probability theory
  • systematically apply concepts and methods to independently solve basic problems within probability theory
  • read and understand a mathematical text.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Completed basic coursein probability theory and statistic (SF1918, SF1922 or equivalent).

Recommended prerequisites

  • Basic course in Multivariable Calculus (SF1626, SF1674 or equivalent)
  • Basic course in Algebra and Geometry (SF1624 or equivalent)


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Timo Koski: Probability and Random Processes. Lecture Notes, 2013, Department of Mathematic, KTH.

Material from the department of Mathematics.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Examination, 7.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Boualem Djehiche

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

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Boualem Djehiche (boualem@kth.se)