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What CompE/statistics skills should EE undergrads have?

  1. Jun 22, 2015 #1

    I apologize for the ambiguous thread title. I am in the process of choosing electives and was wondering what sort of CSE/statistics skills (outside of what is required in a typical EE program) would prove useful to me after I graduate. Aside from core requirements, I have completed introductory programming courses (C++, MATLAB).

    Some topics I've been looking into:

    - Computer Science and Engineering: Data structures and algorithms

    - Statistics: My school requires all EE's to take a probabilistic analysis class with the following description: "Probabilistic and statistical analysis of electrical and computer systems. Discrete and continuous random variables, expectation and moments. Transformation of random variables. Joint and conditional densities. Limit theorems and statistics. Noise models, system reliability and testing." Would taking additional statistics courses be useful?

    If it helps, some of my interests lie in astronautics, semiconductors, and robotics.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?
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  3. Jun 23, 2015 #2


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    that is a very broad range of topics.....
    statistics would be useful for semiconductors

    anything with computer architecture, fpgas, or machine learning would be good for robotics
  4. Jun 23, 2015 #3
    Hey, thank you!

    Yeah, I haven't really narrowed down my interests yet, so everything is still a bit broad as I try to discover what I really want to do after I graduate. Your suggestions help a lot, though.
  5. Jun 23, 2015 #4
    If you're interested in signal processing, you absolutely will need statistics. Semiconductors and anything solid-state physics related will involve quantum mechanics, and statistics in QM, depending on the course, can be anywhere from useful to downright necessary. Also necessary if you might want to take any chemistry or thermodynamics-related options (if they're offered).

    My experience, though, has been that the statistics skills are covered in the relevant courses as necessary.
  6. Jun 23, 2015 #5
    Thank you so much for responding!

    I just did a quick search on my school's course catalog I found that some of the statistics skills are actually covered in our required courses like you said. I do have space to take electives outside of my department so I think I will look into some QM physics classes too. I'll keep that information in mind about signal processing. Appreciate your help!
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