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This is an abbreviated course syllabus. Particularly because this is our first time using this text, it is almost certain to change.
Weeks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, break, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
|01||Wednesday, 23 January 2008||Introduction to MAT/SST115 |
Preliminaries. Why are you here? What is statistics, anyway? Some silly (or not-so-silly) examples. A bit about the course. Comparing sections. Parting thoughts.
|Introductory Statistics Survey|
|02||Friday, 25 January 2008||Data, Variables, and Distributions |
Quick review of Topic 1. Workshop activity: Topic 2. Debriefing.
|All of Topic 1: Data and Variables (on your own); Preliminaries for Topic 2: Data and Distributions||Course Survey|
|03||Monday, 28 January 2008||An Introduction to Linux and R |
A bit about Linux. A bit about R. Work with R.
|No preparatory work required||Activities 2-9, 2-11, 2-14|
|04||Wednesday, 30 January 2008||An Introduction to R, Continued |
Detour: Comments on Topic 3. Short review. Lab, continued. Reflection.
|05||Friday, 1 February 2008||Topic 4: Random Sampling |
Bias in sampling. How do you select
|Overview for Topic 4||Activities 3-7, 3-12, 3-20, 3-28|
|06||Monday, 4 February 2008||Topic 5: Designing Experiments |
Cause-and-effect analyses. Experimental design.
|Overview and Preliminaries 1-3 of Topic 6||Activites 4-6, 4-7, 4-8, 4-9, 4-12, 4-20|
|07||Wednesday, 6 February 2008||Topic 6: Two-Way Tables |
Summary of Unit 1. Looking ahead to Unit 2. Topic 6: Two-Way Tables
|Activities 5-8, 5-10, 5-12, 5-16, 5-25, 5-27, 5-28|
|08||Friday, 8 February 2008||Topic 7: Displaying and Describing Distributions |
Reporting on quantitative variables. Group activity: The Matching Game. Topic 7. Computer activity: Histograms.
|Overview and Preliminaries for Topic 7||Activities 6-6, 6-10, 6-26, 6-30 [cancelled]|
|09||Monday, 11 February 2008||Topic 8: Measures of Center |
A few past topics: Homework, skew, etc. Ways to think about center.
|Overview and Preliminaries for Topic 8||Activities 6-26, 6-30, 7-8, 7-12|
|10||Wednesday, 13 February 2008||Topic 9: Measures of Spread |
Beyond centers and shape: Spread.
|Overview and Preliminaries 1-3 for Topic 9||Activities 8-9, 8-17, 8-18, 8-22, 8-23|
|11||Friday, 15 February 2008||Topic 10: More Summary Measures and Graphs |
Some past topics: Spread, IQR, etc. Visualizing summary statistics.
|Overview and Preliminaries for Topic 10||Activities 9-14, 9-15, 9-20, 9-23|
|12||Monday, 18 February 2008||Review / Project Discussion |
Quick review of Unit 1. Quick review of Unit 2. About the exam. Studying for the exam. Questions and answers.
|13||Wednesday, 20 February 2008||Exam 1 |
|14||Friday, 22 February 2008||Topic 11: Probability |
On to a new Unit. Simulation. Probabilities.
|Overview and Preliminaries for Topic 11|
|15||Monday, 25 February 2008||Topic 12: Normal Distributions |
Thinking about normal distributions. From z scores to percentages.
|Overview and Preliminaries for Topic 12||Activities 11-6, 11-7, 11-20, 11-22, 11-23|
|16||Wednesday, 27 February 2008||Topic 13: Sampling Distributions: Proportions |
The normal distribution, revisited. Normal probability plots. How the normal distributions help you think about samples (and vice versa).
|Overview and Preliminaries for Topic 13||Activities 12-5, 12-9, 12-17, 12-18|
|17||Friday, 29 February 2008||Pause for Breath ||Activities 13-7, 13-9, 13-13, 13-18|
|18||Monday, 3 March 2008||Topic 14: Sampling Distributions: Means |
Means of samples vs. population means. How does CLT help?
|19||Wednesday, 5 March 2008||Topic 15: Central Limit Theorem |
Reflections on Unit 3 Today's activities: Putting it Together
|Activities 14-6, 14-7, 14-9, and 14-12|
|20||Friday, 7 March 2008||Topic 16: Confidence Intervals: Proportions |
Samples vs. Populations, Revisited. Estimating Population Proportions from Sample Proportions. Exploring the Confidence of Our Estimates.
|Activities 15-7, 15-8, 15-13, 15-14, and 16-1|
|21||Monday, 10 March 2008||Topic 17: Tests of Significance: Proportions |
Assessing hypotheses about proportions. The role of samples. Null and alternate hypotheses. Test statistics. p-values.
|Overview and Preliminaries (as appropriate) for Topic 17||Activities 16-7, 16-9, 16-10, 16-19, 16-21|
|22||Wednesday, 12 March 2008||Topic 17: Tests of Significance: Proportions (Continued) |
Why this issue is so important. From English to Math and back again. Continue work from the previous class. Begin Topic 18 (if time permits).
|Review your work from the previous class|
|23||Friday, 14 March 2008||Class Cancelled |
|24||Monday, 31 March 2008||Pause for Breath |
Review of confidence intervals and tests of significance. Discussion of Topic 18.
|Topic 18 (in-class activities)|
|25||Wednesday, 2 April 2008||Topic 19: Confidence Intervals: Means |
Quick review of confidence intervals. Confidence Intervals, Revisited.
|26||Friday, 4 April 2008||About the Projects |
Purpose: Independent Statistical Analysis. Dataset: Information on Grinnell Students. Activities (Mini-Project): Memo, Lightning Presentations. Activities (Full Project): Short paper (2-3 pages), Poster.
|Activities 19-7, 19-12, 19-13, 19-19, 19-22|
|27||Monday, 7 April 2008||Review for Exam 2 |
Form of the exam. The big picture. Some key ideas. Free-for-all.
|28||Wednesday, 9 April 2008||Exam 2 |
|29||Friday, 11 April 2008||Topic 21: Comparing Two Proportions |
Sampling from multiple populations. New formulate for confidence and intervals and test statistics.
|30||Monday, 14 April 2008||Topic 24: Goodness-of-Fit Tests |
Exploring categorical variables. The chi-squared test. Using the chi-squared table.
|21-9, 21-10, 21-11, 21-22, and 21-23|
|31||Wednesday, 16 April 2008||Mini-Project Presentations |
Presentations. Debriefing (if time).
|32||Friday, 18 April 2008||Topic 25: Inference for Two-Way Tables |
Presentation Debriefing. Today's Topic: Inferences from Samples for Categorical Variables, Continued. Some R.
|24-6, 24-7, 24-9, 24-15, 24-20|
|33||Monday, 21 April 2008||Time to Work on Projects |
Q&A. An example analysis. Time to work.
|34||Wednesday, 23 April 2008||Review of Key Concepts |
Notes on chi-square tests. Questions and answers on the exam. More fun with the project.
|35||Friday, 25 April 2008||Topic 20: Tests of Significance: Means |
Tests of significance, reviewed. From proportions to means.
|Overview and Preliminaries for Topic 20||Poster (email me a Powerpoint)|
|36||Monday, 28 April 2008||Topic 22: Comparing Two Means |
Comparing two means. A complication: Degrees of freedom. Using R.
|20-8, 20-9, 20-18, 20-20|
|37||Wednesday, 30 April 2008||Topic 23: Analyzing Paired Data |
What are paired data? How should we analyze paired data?
|22-5, 22-6, 22-9, 22-14, 22-27|
|38||Friday, 2 May 2008||Topic 27: Correlation Coefficient |
The Past: Quantitative Variables. The Present: Two Quantitative Variables per OU. Today: Numeric Measures of Relationships.
|26-1, 26-2, 26-3, 26-4 (not to be turned in)|
|39||Monday, 5 May 2008||Topic 28: Least Squares Regression |
Where we've been, where we're going.
|27-9, 27-12, 27-18|
|40||Wednesday, 7 May 2008||Topic 29: Inference for Correlation and Regression |
Making inferences about populations (once again). Important R.
|28-5, 28-10, 28-24, 28-25|
|41||Friday, 9 May 2008||Wrapup |
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