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142.090 Statistics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand and apply the most important statistical methods required for the analysis of experimental data: graphical representation, computation of characteristic numbers, estimation of unknown parameters, testing of hypotheses, fitting of linear regression models. The students can select and apply appropriate methods for specific areas of application.

Subject of course

1. Descriptive statistics: How do I present my data in a concise, but meaningful way? 2. Stochastic modeling: How do I construct a model of my data that correctly describes the random aspects of an experiment, and which models are relevant in the experimenter's practice? 3. Parametric estimation, confidence intervals: How do I estimate physical quantities from my data, and how do I asses the uncertainty of the estimates? 4. Parametric tests: How do I test whether my data show significant deviations from theory? ? 5. Linear regression: Is there a correlation between two or more observed quantities, and how is it quantified?

Teaching methods

Practical demonstration of the methods on real or simulated data sets that are representative for the experimental situation. All algorithms are implemented in Matlab and will be given to the students along with the data sets.

Mode of examination


Additional information

The lecture starts at 8:15!



Course dates

Thu08:15 - 10:0005.03.2020 - 12.03.2020FH Hörsaal 2 Lecture
Statistics - Single appointments
Thu05.03.202008:15 - 10:00FH Hörsaal 2 Lecture
Thu12.03.202008:15 - 10:00FH Hörsaal 2 Lecture

Examination modalities

Written examination. Pocket calculator and tables are required. A formula collection of up to 8 pages A4 is allowed. 


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri10:00 - 12:0030.09.2022Hörsaal 6 - RPL written05.09.2022 09:00 - 25.09.2022 09:00TISS4. Prüfung 2022S
Wed10:00 - 12:0001.02.2023Sem.R. DA grün 03 B written02.12.2022 09:00 - 27.01.2023 12:00TISS5. Prüfung 2022S
Thu09:00 - 11:0029.06.2023FH Hörsaal 4 written30.05.2023 09:00 - 21.06.2023 18:00TISS1. Prüfung 2023S

Course registration

Not necessary




The slides and the handout (4 slides per page) can be downloaded by the students.

The course is also based on my ebook  "Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung und Statistik: Für Studierende der Physik" (in German). It can be downloaded free of charge from:

For the exam you will also need the tables.

Further recommended books:

L. Lyons, A practical guide to data analysis for physical science students, Cambridge University Press, 1991.

L. Lyons, Statistics for Nuclear and Particle Physicists, Cambridge University Press, 1986.

W. Stahel, Statistische Datenanalyse: Eine Einführung für Naturwissenschaftler, Vieweg+Teubner, 2007.

V. Blobel und E. Lohrmann, Statistische und numerische Methoden der Datenanalyse, Teubner, 1998. L. Fahrmeir et al., Statistik: Der Weg zur Datenanalyse, Springer, 2007.

S. M. Ross, Statistik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler, Spektrum, 2006.

Previous knowledge

Differential and integral calculus, basic linear algebra. Knowledge of Matlab helpful, but not required