2014-2015 Graduate Calendar

Mathematics and Statistics  
Master of Science in Mathematics and Statistics Go to top of document
Fields of Specialization Mathematics Statistics Dean S. Ejaz Ahmed Faculty of Mathematics and Science Associate Dean Alan Castle Faculty of Mathematics and Science Core Faculty Professors S. Ejaz Ahmed (Mathematics and Statistics), Stephen Anco (Mathematics and Statistics), Hichem Ben-El-Mechaiekh (Mathematics and Statistics), Henryk Fuks (Mathematics and Statistics), Mei Ling Huang (Mathematics and Statistics), Omar Kihel (Mathematics and Statistics), Yuanlin Li (Mathematics and Statistics), Alexander Odesskii (Mathematics and Statistics), Jan Vrbik (Mathematics and Statistics), Thomas Wolf (Mathematics and Statistics) Associate Professors Chantal Buteau (Mathematics and Statistics), Babak Farzad (Mathematics and Statistics), Xiaojian Xu (Mathematics and Statistics), Wai Kong (John) Yuen (Mathematics and Statistics) Participating Faculty Associate Professor Bill Ralph (Mathematics and Statistics) Adjunct Professor Vladimir Sokolov (Landau Institute) Professors Emeriti Howard Bell (Mathematics and Statistics), Ronald Kerman (Mathematics and Statistics), Eric Muller (Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Program Director Henryk Fuks hfuks@brocku.ca Administrative Assistant Margaret Thomson 905-688-5550, extension 3300 Mackenzie Chown J415 mthomson@brocku.ca http://www.brocku.ca/mathematics/mscprog/index.php  
Program Description Go to top of document
The MSc program aims to provide students with an intensive advanced education in areas of Mathematics and Statistics in preparation for doctoral studies or the job market. Students will choose a specialization in either Mathematics or Statistics. The Mathematics specialization provides students with advanced training in areas of active research and current applicability in algebra and number theory, computer algebra algorithms, dynamical systems, partial differential equations, functional analysis, mathematical music theory, mathematics education, solitons and integrable systems, topology, and (as a bridge with the Statistics specialization) probability theory and stochastic processes. The Statistics specialization provides students with solid training in advanced statistical analysis and in computational methods and applications to stochastic models. The program offers two options: a thesis option (intended normally for students planning to pursue doctoral studies) and a project option (intended normally for those planning to join the job market).  
Field(s) of Specialization Go to top of document
Participating faculty are engaged in active research in the following areas of specialization:  
Mathematics Go to top of document
Cellular automata, discrete dynamical systems and complex networks Computational methods for solving algebraic and differential systems Cryptography Graph Theory and Algorithmic Game Theory Group and ring theory High performance parallel computing Mathematical music theory Mathematical physics and General Relativity Mathematics education Nonlinear functional analysis and applications to optimization, game theory, mathematical economics, and differential systems Probability and measure theory Solitons and integrability of partial differential equations Symmetry analysis and computer algebra applied to nonlinear differential equations  
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Statistical Inference Methods and Applications Computational methods and applications to stochastic models Convergence and Efficiency of Markov Chain Monte Carlo Algorithms  
Admission Requirements Go to top of document
Successful completion of an Honours Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in Mathematics or Statistics, or a related field, with an average of not less than B+ average. Agreement from a faculty advisor to supervise the student is also required for admission to the program. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and recommend admission for a limited number of suitable candidates. Those lacking sufficient background preparation may be required to complete a qualifying term or year to upgrade their applications. Completion of a qualifying term or year does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Part-time study is available.  
Degree Requirements Go to top of document
The program requirements in Mathematics and Statistics include successful completion of core and specialization courses, and a Thesis (MATH 5F90) or a Major Research Paper (MATH 5P99). The MSc program is designed to normally be completed in six terms or twenty-four months. However, completion in twelve months is possible in Statistics specialization. Students in the thesis option of either specialization are required to complete four MATH 5(alpha)00 half-credit courses, including at least two MATH 5(alpha)00 core MATH courses. Additionally, they must register in Math 5P90 and write a Thesis that demonstrates a capacity for independent work of acceptable scientific calibre. Students in the major paper option of either specialization are required to complete six MATH 5(alpha)00 half-credit courses. Additionally, they must register for at least one term in MATH 5P99. For students in Mathematics, at least four of the courses must be core courses in mathematics. The remaining two can be any MATH 5(alpha)00 level half-credit courses in mathematics. For students in Statistics, courses must include four MATH 5(alpha) 00 level core courses in statistics and one MATH 5(alpha)00 level specialization course in statistics. The remaining course can be either a MATH 5(alpha)00 level core course in statistics or a MATH 5(alpha)00 level specialization course in statistics. Students enrolled in MATH 5P99 must complete a Major Research Paper under the supervision of a faculty member. The paper will be based on a research project of a practical nature and must demonstrate a capacity for synthesis and understanding of concepts and techniques related to a specific topic. Each student will consult with his or her Supervisor when planning a program of study and choosing courses and must receive approval from the Graduate Program Director. Core courses for Mathematics include: MATH 5P10 Modern Algebra MATH 5P20 Computational Methods for Algebraic and Differential Systems MATH 5P30 Dynamical Systems MATH 5P35 Graph Theory MATH 5P40 Functional Analysis MATH 5P50 Algebraic Number Theory MATH 5P60 Partial Differential Equations MATH 5P70 Topology MATH 5P87 Probability and Measure Theory Core courses for Statistics include: MATH 5P81 Sampling Theory MATH 5P82 Nonparametric Statistics MATH 5P83 Linear Models MATH 5P84 Time Series Analysis and Stochastic Processes MATH 5P85 Mathematical Statistical Inference MATH 5P86 Multivariate Statistics Specialization courses for Statistics include: MATH 5P87 Probability and Measure Theory MATH 5P88 Advanced Statistics MATH 5P95 MSc Statistics Seminar  
Facilities Go to top of document
Each graduate student will be provided with personal desk space and a desktop PC linked to the university network system. In addition, graduate students will have access to the Mathematics computer lab as well as to computer labs located in the vicinity of the Mathematics Department. Software includes a wide array of both commercial and open source applications for supporting research in mathematics and statistics. Brock is also a full member of the SHARCNET consortium with access to all its high performance clusters of powerful workstations and vast storage resources.  
Course Descriptions Go to top of document
Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met. MATH 5F90 MSc Thesis A research project involving the preparation of a thesis which will demonstrate a capacity for independent work. The research shall be carried out under the supervision of a faculty member. MATH 5P09 Solitons and Nonlinear Wave Equations Introduction to solitons: Linear and nonlinear travelling waves. Nonlinear evolution equations (Korteweg de Vries, nonlinear Schrodinger, sine-Gordon). Soliton solutions and their interaction properties. Lax pairs, inverse scattering, zero-curvature equations and Backlund transformations, Hamiltonian structures, conservation laws. Note: taught in conjunction with MATH 4P09. MATH 5P10 Modern Algebra Advanced group theory and ring theory, such as group actions, p-groups and Sylow subgroups, solvable and nilpotent groups, FC-groups, free groups, finiteness conditions in rings, semisimplicity, the Wedderburn-Artin theorem, the Jacobson radical, rings of algebraic integers. MATH 5P11 Group Rings An introduction to group rings. Group rings and their unit groups, augmentation ideals, algebraic elements, several important types of units, isomorphism problem, free groups of units. MATH 5P20 Computational Methods for Algebraic and Differential Systems Computer algebra applications of solving polynomial systems of algebraic and differential systems of equations are covered, including the necessary algebraic background. Polynomials and ideals, Groebner bases, affine varieties, solving by elimination, Groebner basis conversion, solving equations by resultants, differential algebra, differential Groebner bases. MATH 5P21 High Performanace Computing Parallel computing architectures, new programming models, pilot parallel framework, parallel programming with MPI, thread-based parallelism, and a final project regarding the application of parallel computing to a mathematical problem. Note: Students entering this course are expected to have a good grasp of basic procedural programming in a language such as C or FORTRAN. MATH 5P30 Dynamical Systems Introduction to dynamical systems and their applications in mathematical modelling. Linear flows, local theory of nonlinear flows, linearization theorems, stable manifold theorem. Global theory: limit sets and attractors, Poincare´-Bendixson theorem. Structural stability and bifurcations of vector fields. Low dimensional phenomena in discrete dynamics. Chaotic dynamics: routes to chaos, characterization of chaos and strange attractors. MATH 5P31 Mathematical Models of Complex Systems Bottom-up approach to mathematical modeling. Cellular automata and agent-based models: rules, approximate methods, kinetic growth phenomena, site-exchange automata. Networks: graphs, random networks, small-world networks, scale-free networks, dynamics of network models. Additional topics may include power-law distributions in complex systems, self-organized criticality, phase transitions, and critical exponents. MATH 5P35 Graph Theory Basic definitions, paths and cycles, connectivity, trees and forests, bipartite graphs, Eulerian graphs; Matchings in bipartite graphs and in general graphs; Planar graphs, Euler's formula and Kuratowski's theorem. Graph colourings, Brooks' and Vizing's theorem and colouring of planar graphs; Network flows, Min-Max Theorem. MATH 5P36 Algorithmic Game Theory Basic definitions, games, strategies, costs and payoffs, equilibria, cooperative games; Complexity of finding Nash equilibria; Mechanism design; Combinatorial auctions; Profit maximization in mechanism design; Cost sharing; Online mechanisms; Inefficiency of equilibria; Selfish routing; Network formation games; Potential function method; The price of anarchy; Sponsored search auctions. MATH 5P40 Functional Analysis The basic theory of Hilbert spaces, including the Projection Theorem, the Riesz Representation Theorem and the weak topology; weak derivatives, Sobolev spaces and the Sobolev Imbedding Theorem; the variational formulation of boundary value problems for ordinary and partial differential equations, the Lax-Milgram Lemma and its applications; the finite element method. MATH 5P41 Nonlinear Functional Analysis Topological fixed point theory with applications to dynamical systems and optimization. Topics include the theorems of Brouwer, Borsuk, Schauder-Tychnoff, and Kakutani as well as the Knaster-Kuratowski-Mazurkiewicz principle. Applications of these landmark results to the solvability and qualitative analysis of dynamical systems as well as convex and non-convex optimization are discussed. MATH 5P50 Algebraic Number Theory An introduction to algebraic aspects of number theory. Topics include the general theory of factorization of ideals in Dedekind domains and number fields, Kummer's theory on lifting of prime ideals in extension fields, factorization of prime ideals in Galois extensions, local fields, the proof of Hensel's lemma, arithmetic of global fields. MATH 5P60 Partial Differential Equations Review of linear and nonlinear equations in two variables. Existence and uniqueness theory, fundamental solutions, initial/boundary-value formulas for the heat equation, wave equation, Laplace equation in multi-dimensions. Exact solution techniques for 1st and 2nd order linear and nonlinear equations. Analysis of solutions, variational formulations, conservation laws, Noether's theorem. MATH 5P61 Integrable Systems Symmetries and conservation laws of differential equations. Basic examples of integrable differential equations. Connections with classical differential geometry. Pseudo-differential operators, Lax representations, and applications to integrability theory. MATH 5P64 Differential Geometry and Mathematical Physics Topics may include: Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, field theory, differential geometric structures, Lie groups and Lie algebras, G-bundles, manifolds, introduction to algebraic topology. Applications to theoretical physics. MATH 5P70 Topology An introduction to point set topology concepts and principles. Metric spaces; topological spaces; continuity, compactness; connectedness; countability and separation axioms; metrizability; completeness; Baire spaces. MATH 5P71 Advanced Topology Introduction to algebraic topology and homology theory. Simplicial homology. The Lefschetz-Hopf and the Borsuk-Hirch Theorems. The Brouwer and Leray-Schauder degrees and fixed points on absolute neighborhood retracts. Singular homology and Lefschetz fixed point theory. Finite codimensional Cech cohomology, Vietoris fractions and coincidence theorems. MATH 5P81 Sampling Theory Theory of finite population sampling; simple random sampling; sampling proportion; estimation of sample size; Stratified sampling; optimal allocation of sample sizes; ratio estimators; regression estimators; systematic and cluster sampling; multi-stage sampling; error in surveys; computational techniques and computer packages, and related topics. Case studies. Note: taught in conjunction with MATH 4P81. MATH 5P82 Nonparametric Statistics Order statistics; rank tests and statistics; methods based on the binomial distribution; contingency tables; Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistics; nonparametric analysis of variance; nonparametric regression; comparisons with parametric methods.Computational techniques and use of SAS, Maple or other statistical packages, Case Studies. Note: taught in conjunction with MATH 4P82. MATH 5P83 Linear Models Classical linear model, generalized inverse matrix, distribution and quadratic forms, regression model, nested classification and classification with interaction, covariance analysis, variance components, binary data, polynomial data, log linear model, linear logit models, generalized linear model, conditional likelihoods, quasi-likelihoods, estimating equations, computational techniques and related topics. MATH 5P84 Time Series Analysis and Stochastic Processes Time series, trend, seasonality and error, theory of stationary processes, spectral theory, Box-Jenkins methods, theory of prediction, inference and forecasting. ARMA and ARIMA processes, vector time series models, state space models, Markov processes, renewal process, martingales, Brownian motion, diffusion processes, branching processes, queueing theory, stochastic models, computational techniques and related topics. Note: Math 5P84 has been approved by the VEE (Validation by Education Experience) Administration Committee of the Society of Actuaries. To receive VEE credit, candidates will need a grade of 70 or better. MATH 5P85 Mathematical Statistical Inference Revision of probability theory, convergence of random variables, statistical models, sufficiency and ancillarity, point estimation, likelihood theory, optimal estimation, Bayesian methods, computational methods, minimum variance estimation, interval estimation and hypothesis testing, linear and generalized linear models, goodness-of-fit for discrete and continuous data, robustness, large sample theory, Bayesian inference. MATH 5P86 Multivariate Statistics Theory of multivariate statistics, matrix algebra and random vector, sample geometry and random sampling, multivariate normal distribution, inference about means, covariance matrix, generalized Hotelling's T-square distribution, sample covariance and sample generalized variance, Wishart distribution, general hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and linear regression model, principle components, factor analysis, covariance analysis, canonical correlation analysis, discrimination and classification, cluster analysis and related topics. Prerequisite(s): MATH 3P86 (or equivalent) or permission of the instructor. MATH 5P87 Probability and Measure Theory An introduction to a rigorous treatment of probability theory using measure theory. Topics include probability measures, random variables, expectations, laws of large numbers, distributions and discrete Markov chains. Selected topics from weak convergence, characteristic functions and the Central Limit Theorem. MATH 5P88 Advanced Statistics Topics may vary year to year. Advanced methods and theory in statistical inference, survival analysis, risk analysis, sampling techniques, bootstrapping, Jackknife, generalized linear models, mixed models, modern computational statistics, quality control, life data modeling, biostatistics, multivariate analysis, time series analysis and related topics. MATH 5P92 Cryptography and Number Theory Topics may include RSA cryptosystems, ElGamal cryptosystem, algorithms for discrete logarithmic problem, elliptic curves, computing point multiples on elliptic curves, primality testing and factoring algorithms. Note: taught in conjunction with MATH 4P92. MATH 5P94 Mathematics Seminar Independent study and presentation of major research papers in areas of specialization. Note: this course will be evaluated as Credit/No-Credit. MATH 5P95 Statistics Seminar Independent study and presentation of major research papers in areas of specialization. Note: this course will be evaluated as Credit/No-Credit. MATH 5P96 Technology and Mathematics Education Topics may include contemporary research concerning digital technologies, such as computer algebra systems and Web 2.0, in learning and teaching mathematics; design of educational tools using VB.NET, HTML, Geometer's Sketchpad, Maple, Flash, etc.; critical appraisal of interactive learning objects in mathematics education. Note: taught in conjunction with MATH 4P96. MATH 5P99 Major Research Paper Students will complete a survey paper on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor from one of the research areas of specialization. MATH 5V75-5V79 Selected Topics in Mathematics and Statistics An investigation of a specific area or group of related topics in mathematics or statistics.  
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