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General policies and principles for the Library's collections are stated in the General Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection

Collection activity in statistics & applied probability is to support the instructional curriculum and research activity in the Statistics & Applied Probability Department.

Academic Department/Program Description

The Statistics & Applied Probability Department offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with emphases in statistics, applied statistics, probability and statistics, actuarial science, or financial mathematics and statistics.  Students may also minor in statistics.  Graduate students may pursue a Master’s degree in statistics or a Ph.D. in statistics and applied probability.  The Ph.D. program also offers optional emphases in financial mathematics and statistics and quantitative methods in the social sciences.

Subject Parameters

Departmental research focuses on:

  • Theoretical Statistics and Statistical Methodology
    • Bayesian inference & computational methods
    • Bayesian networks
    • Resampling techniques
    • Directional data analysis
    • Functional data analysis
    • Data mining
    • Computational statistics
    • Nonparametric inference
    • Asymptotic statistical methods
    • Linear models and generalized linear models
    • Smoothing spline methods
    • Time series and spatial/temporal data models
    • Mixed effects models
  • Probability
    • Stochastic Processes
    • Stochastic Control
    • Sequential Detection
    • Interacting Particle Systems
  • Financial Mathematics
    • Systemic Risk in Financial Market
    • Stochastic Games
    • Stochastic Portfolio Theory
    • Stochastic Volatility Modeling
    • Risk Management and Actuarial Applications
  • Applied Statistics
    • Environmental Statistics
    • Ecological statistics
    • Geophysical statistics
    • Statistical education
    • Image data analysis
    • Spatial statistics
  • Biostatistics
    • Survival analysis
    • Clinical trials
    • Longitudinal data analysis
    • Bayesian methods for Biosurveillance
    • Stochastic modeling of biomedical events 


Materials purchased in physics support the research and curriculum needs of the department and are generally current English language resources. Preference is given to electronic formats due to space considerations in the library as well as convenience of access.

Because the budget for serials is fully committed, new subscriptions are considered only if an equivalent dollar amount of existing local subscriptions can be cancelled.

Systemwide and Other Resources

In order to maximize our purchasing power, the vast majority of materials selected for physics are purchased consortially with other UC campuses. These include:

  • Databases, including arXiv, Compendex Plus, MathSciNet, and Web of Science.
  • Monographs, including titles from CRC Press, Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley.
  • Serials, including titles from Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley.

Subject librarian: Andrea L. Duda
Policy Last Updated: April 2015