Statistics (2017/2018)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

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Catia Scricciolo
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Primo Semestre Triennali dal Sep 18, 2017 al Jan 12, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing the basic techniques of descriptive statistics, probability and statistical inference for undergraduate students in business and economic sciences that have acquired the necessary preliminary mathematical notions. Overall, these techniques provide the necessary toolkit for quantitative analysis in the processes related to the observation of collective phenomena. From a practical point of view, these techniques are necessary for descriptive, interpretative and decision-making purposes for conducting statistical surveys related to economic and social phenomena. In addition to providing the necessary mathematical statistics apparatus, the course aims at providing conceptual tools for critical evaluation of the methodologies considered.



• Data collection and classification; data types.

• Frequency distributions; histograms and charts.

• Measures of central tendency; arithmetic mean, geometric mean and harmonic mean; median; quartiles and percentiles.

• Variability and measures of dispersion; variance and standard deviation; coefficient of variation.

• Moments; indices of skewness and kurtosis.

• Multivariate distributions; scatterplots; covariance; variance of the sum of more variables.

• Multivariate frequency distributions; conditional distributions; chi-squared index of dependence; Simpson’s paradox.

• Method of least squares; least-squares regression line; Pearson’s coefficient of linear correlation; Cauchy-Schwarz inequality; R^2 coefficient; total, explained and residual deviance.


• Random experiments; sample space; random events and operations; combinatorics.

• Conditional probability; independence; Bayes' theorem.

• Discrete and continuous random variables; distribution function; expectation and variance; Markov and Tchebycheff's inequalities. Special discrete distributions: uniform, Bernoulli, Binomial, Poisson and geometric.
Special continuous distributions: continuous uniform, Gaussian, exponential.

• Multivariate discrete random variables; joint probability distribution; marginal and conditional probability distributions; independence; covariance; correlation coefficient.

• Linear combinations of random variables; average of independent random variables; sum of independent, Gaussian random variables.

• Weak law of large numbers; Bernoulli’s law of large numbers for relative frequencies; central limit theorem.


• Sample statistics and sampling distributions; Chi-square distribution; Student's t distribution; Snedecor's F distribution.

• Point estimates and estimators; unbiasedness, efficiency, consistency; estimate of a mean, of a proportion, of a variance.

• Confidence intervals for a mean, for a proportion (large samples) and for a variance.

• Hypothesis testing; one and two tails tests for a mean, for a proportion (large samples) and for a variance; hypothesis testing for differences between two means, two proportions (large samples) and two variances.


- A. AZZALINI (2001) Inferenza statistica: una presentazione basata sul concetto di verosimiglianza, 2nd Ed.,
Springer Verlag Italia.
- E. BATTISTINI (2004) Probabilità e statistica: un approccio interattivo con Excel. McGraw-Hill, Milano.
- S. BERNSTEIN, R. BERNSTEIN (2003) Statistica descrittiva, Collana Schaum's, numero 109. McGraw-Hill, Milano.
- S. BERNSTEIN, R. BERNSTEIN (2003) Calcolo delle probabilita', Collana Schaum's, numero 110. McGraw-Hill, Milano.
- S. BERNSTEIN, R. BERNSTEIN (2003) Statistica inferenziale, Collana Schaum's, numero 111. McGraw-Hill, Milano.
- F. P. BORAZZO, P. PERCHINUNNO (2007) Analisi statistiche con Excel. Pearson, Education.
- D. GIULIANI, M. M. DICKSON (2015) Analisi statistica con Excel. Maggioli Editore.
- P. KLIBANOFF, A. SANDRONI, B. MODELLE, B. SARANITI (2010) Statistica per manager, 1st Ed., Egea.
- D. M. LEVINE, D. F. STEPHAN, K. A. SZABAT (2014) Statistics for Managers Using Microsoft Excel, 7th Ed.,
Global Edition. Pearson.
- M. R. MIDDLETON (2004) Analisi statistica con Excel. Apogeo.
- D. PICCOLO (1998) Statistica, 2nd Ed. 2000. Il Mulino, Bologna.
- D. PICCOLO (2010) Statistica per le decisioni, New Ed. Il Mulino, Bologna.

Teaching methods

Course load is equal to 84 hours: the course consists of 48 lecture hours (equal to 6 ECTS credits) and of 36 exercise hours (equal to 3 ECTS credits).

Study Guide

A detailed syllabus will be made available at the end of the course on the e-learning platform.


Students are supposed to have acquired math knowledge of basic concepts like limit, derivative and integral.

Exercise sessions

Exercise sessions are integral part of the course and are necessary to adequate understanding of the topics.

Tutoring activities

There will be optional tutoring hours devoted to exercises before each exam session. More detailed information will be made available in due course.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
G. Cicchitelli, P. D'Urso, M. Minozzo Statistica: principi e metodi (Edizione 3) Pearson Italia, Milano 2018 9788891902788

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam can be passed through two partial written tests or a general written test.

Contents, assessment methods and criteria for partial written tests

The first partial written test focuses on the part of the program explained until the break at the end of October, typically on Descriptive Statistics and part of Probability (cf. program of the course). The second partial written test focuses on the rest of the program. The topics of the program on which each partial written test is based will be defined in detail in due course. The bonus earned by the student when passing the first partial written test can be used to access the second partial written test in ONLY ONE of the two exam sessions in January and February. In case of

- student's withdrawal during the second partial written test
- failing of the second partial written test
- failing of the total exam due to a final exam grade less than 18/30 (cf. assessment methods and criteria for partial written tests)

the exam can be subsequently taken ONLY through a general written test.

Both partial written tests include exercises and theoretical questions. Each partial written test is passed if the score is greater than or equal to 15/30. If both partial written tests are passed, the final exam mark results from the weighted average (eventually rounded up to the least greater integer) of the grades obtained in the single partial written tests. The exam is passed if this average is greater than or equal to 18/30.

Contents, assessment methods and criteria for general written test

The general written test focuses on all of the topics of the program and includes exercises and theoretical questions. The exam is passed if the score is greater than or equal to 18/30.

Contents, assessment methods and criteria are the same for attending and non-attending students.