Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course you have a good command of selected central concepts and tools in stochastics.

You can program and use algorithms for analysing data and simulating and solving problems related to stochastic processes.

You have a thorough understanding of Monte Carlo-based methods and some of its advanced variants and a fair background for studying Bayesian statistical modelling.


Credits: 5

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 09.11.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Riku Linna

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Fundamentals of relevant numerical mathematics, practical tools for data analysis (such as logarithmic binning), generation of random variables from different distributions,

    Markov chains, Monte Carlo methods (MCMC, Hamiltonian MC), some of the most important stochastic processes (e.g. Poisson, Gaussian, First-Passage)


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Examination and computational exercises.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 10x2h, computer exercises 10x2h, independent studying (lectures, programming, exercise reports), final exam


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture notes and given articles. Reference books are Mark A. Pinsky, Samuel Karlin: An Introduction to Stochastic Modeling (2011 Elsevier), and Darren J. Wilkinson: Stochastic Modelling for Systems Biology, 2012 CRC Press.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

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