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Updated on Tuesday, April 28

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QUESTION: For those who have taken PMATH 352 (complex analysis), do you think it's feasible to take the course having only taken the non-advanced version of Calc 3? I've taken other analysis courses, AMATH 231 (Calc IV) and Amath 250 (DE's), but neither of these are proof-heavy. I'd like to take it so that I can go on to PMATH 351 (real analysis), which I've heard is important for masters/phd-level stats, but I'm afraid the style of these courses will be way different from what I'm used to.

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  1. >I've taken other analysis courses
    >Calc IV and DEs

    Those aren't analysis bro.

    Unless you did exceptionally well in Calc 3, take some actual analysis courses first.

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    1. I was under the impression that analysis was anything to do with functions and differentiability and whatnot. Calc 4 deals with fourier analysis too, which I thought was a complex analysis topic...could be completely off the mark though.

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  2. If you're considering grad studies in stats, your best bet to find out what you should know before starting would be to ask a prof in the area you want to go into. I know a few stats PhD students and from what I know about what they're working on those courses wouldn't be useful. In addition, once you get into grad school there's always time to take courses and catch up if you're missing something. My recommendation is if you think it will be useful/interesting, take AMATH/PMATH 331/332, and that way you will get a feel for the stuff, but it'll be not so hard.

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    1. This definitely makes sense, thankyou for the advice!

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  3. 351 and 352 are highly proof-based, especially 351 (which if you take it with Nica, is basically nothing but proofs). If you want to take those kinds of analysis but don't think you'd do in the PMATH versions, you can still take AMATH 331 and 332, which are the applied versions of real and complex.

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  4. I'm a current grad student in stats, and did my undergrad at Waterloo. Having a good real analysis background is not 100% necessary, but very helpful. I'd recommend sitting in on both 351 and 331. If you can handle 351, great! If not, no sweat, 331 is still helpful. I took 331, and the material has definitely come in handy.

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