great professor, explains everything very well. highly recommended. pretty easy course too. the stuff he tests on comes straight out of his lecture notes. the boook was useless, only used for homework, but no worries because the TA helps you with that too. the quarter would have been perfect other than the fact that prof. schoenberg didnt bother to show up on the day of the final as all 160 of us sit in the lecture hall for 2 hours at 8 am wondering what was going on.
Fall 2019 - I highly recommend this fiat lux. It's very laid back, and you get to learn about and play poker! There were weekly readings to do, but they were only necessary for a discussion that occurs for about half of the class time. As long as other students can start the discussion, you can get by if you forget about or just straight up don't do the reading. Every class had a "hand of the day," where the professor shows a hand that has occurred in a major tournament and then analyzes what happened and what should have been done. The final project, which was the only part of the grade besides participation, entailed writing a code in R to use in a simulated poker tournament on the last day of lecture. This doesn't require very much work, as he gives examples and permits submissions that are very similar to them. My partner and I actually forgot about the deadline to submit our code until the night after, and he accepted it without a problem. All in all, this was a very enjoyable class to take my first quarter here at UCLA. Go Bruins!
This is a very simple, intro to probability class using Poker applications. You don't have to be good at poker, or really, at stats to get an good grade. He goes over everything in class and posts his powerpoints online. He's pretty helpful is you ask questions, though he may appear frustrated at times. Grading consists of four homework assignments, two computer projects (that had little to do with what we learned in class), midterm and a final. Like others have said, tests are multiple choice heavy, with each question usually worth 6-8 pts, no partial credit. This is a really easy stats class with a prof that knows what he is doing. 35B is offered only in the fall, I believe. There is also a Fiat lux by this prof that is also about poker probability
Fall 2019 - DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS WITH PROFESSOR PAIK!!!!!!! I read all the reviews about how easy the midterms are and how this class was such a breeze but it was not! We base the entire class off his shitty book, in lecture he literally reads the same thing thats in his textbook then waits a couple seconds and thinks that by giving us those few seconds we are going to magically learn what he just read?? The class in not based on if you did the work/process correctly, it's based on if you get the correct answer which shows how lazy he is in grading the exams!!!!! The exams are all multiple choice and a lot of times theres one tiny mistake that changes everything and you get the wrong answer but no partial credit just a big fat zero. While he does let us use open book and open note, it's kinda deceiving because were on such a time crunch so going through the notes/book is a hassle and wastes a lot of time. I ran out of time on every exam. Overall I was very frustrated with this class. I've had bad professors but I've been able to teach myself the material and be successful in the course but not with this class! He did not give us the materials to succeed! He based everything off his book and slides which are basically the same thing as the book and there were very few practical practice problems. Take this class with a better professor! I chose Paik because of his past grade distributions but it backfired on me. I have multiple friends who were not successful in the course so I know I'm not alone on this post
A very easy class compared to some of the CS and EE classes CS & E majors, who are required to take this, have to go through. I really liked Schoenberg's style of teaching. On top of that, 1 hour classes go by so fast now compared to all the mind-numbingly boring 2-hour CS classes. He is a refreshing change of pace from your usual UCLA professor, as he is both light-hearted and easy to understand. If you're thinking of taking Stats 110A sometime, jump on the opportunity when Schoenberg's teaching it and you will be really glad you did, especially compared to the horror stories I hear about some of the other professors teaching this class. One other thing is that some of the other so-called "good" professors for this class meet in a Stats lab one day out of the week. Not with Schoenberg and that's a good thing since it detracts from the flow and progress of actual material covered.