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Probability Seminar 2022 (BM)


Admission Requirements

Introduction to Probability, Linear Algebra


The probability seminar aims at exposing students to advanced probability theory and selected applications. The course for the academic year 2022-2023 will be focusing on probabilistic inequalities. The course material will be mainly based on the recent award winning book by  Roman Vershynin, High-Dimensional Probability: An Introduction with Applications in Data Science. In the first part of the course, the focuse will be on basic probabilistic methods. In the second part of the course, we will discuss various applications of these techniques in Machine Learning, Statistics, and Geometry.

The book is available at author's homepage:

Course Objectives

  • learn basic concepts & results

  • Get familiar with modern applications


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Mode of Instruction

The introductory lectures and advanced lectures will be given by Hazra & Verbitskiy. All the other lectures will be given by the participants, typically in small groups (2-3 students, depending on the number of participants).

Assessment method

The grade will be based on the two presentations (+handouts).

Reading list

Roman Vershynin, High-Dimensional Probability: An Introduction with Applications in Data Science.
The book is available at author's homepage:


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R. Hazra,
E. Verbitskiy,