Introductory Statistics: Inperson meetings
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Notes
 A "week" begins on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday.
 Inperson meetings are on Thursday, 910:30am.
 Recommendation: take scheduled quizzes following Thursday inperson meetings.
 Link to online course schedule
Inperson meetings: first semester (DRAFT work in progress)
Meeting  Topics  Assignment  Discussion/Activities  

#1 Sep 3 
Intro; Using Spreadsheets  Set up your notebook/journal  Intro stuff
Spreadsheet tips and tricks M&M data collection  
#2 Sep 10 
Graphs 

Finish m&m data collection
Use of statistics  
#3 Sep 17 
Center; Spread  Find three uses of the terms average, median or mean, evaluate each use for reasonableness (correct use of statistic, clear description of use), and prepare a summary for discussion. Put the summary/reflection in your journal and bring your journal to the session.  Debrief on m&m data collection
Use of graphs for communication  
#4 Sep 24 
Boxplot; Standard Deviation 

Use of average/median/mean
1969 draft lottery story Common problems with graphs Begin EDA of m&m data  
#5 Oct 1 
StatTutor Project; Quiz  At onlinestatbook.com read
Note in your journal a few ideas that you find interesting. 
Exploratory data analysis of m&m data
m&m weight distributions  
#6 Oct 8 
TwoWay Table; Scatterplot  Create (or find) three research questions that involve 2 variables. In your journal (for each research question), identify the relationship "case" to which each question belongs, determine which variable is explanatory and which is response, and suggest a method of analysis.  Twovariable research questions
Exploratory data analysis of m&m data  
#7 Oct 15 
Correlation; Regression 

Case III research questions
Exploratory data analysis of m&m data  
#8 Oct 22 
Causation 

Present results of m&m data analysis
Discuss revised Case III research questions  
#9 Oct 29 
Relationships Wrapup  Find an instance where it is easy to assume causation based on a correlation or even just that the two variables seem like they are related or associated (e.g., amount of violence in a city related to the number of police officers on the street), develop a theory on possible lurking variable(s), and draw a causation diagram.  Present results of m&m data analysis
Discuss "association does not imply causation" examples Groups work on regression of m&m data  
#10 Nov 5 
Sampling; Designing Studies  Spend some extra time studying the terms and concepts in sampling and study design.  
#11 Nov 12 
Designing Studies  Choose one of the two following activities.
Write a summary of your chosen study (from either method) in your journal that includes:


#12 Nov 19 
Designing Studies  Think about possible research questions and how (designwise) you might address the question via a research study. Write about these potential questions in your journal.  
#13 No meeting 
Quiz; Intro to Probability  
#14 Dec 3 
Relative Freq; Equally Likely  (For over Thanksgiving break) Bring up some aspect of what we've studied so far in a discussion with an adult (that is, someone over 18). For example (although I'm not suggesting you do this), you could initiate a discussion of the saying: "4 out of 5 dentists recommend..." and discuss where did this phrase come fromwas there once a study of dentists' recommendations? Write about your discussion in your journal and plan to report about the conversation at the next meeting.  use of the term odds  
#15 Dec 10 
Probability Rules  Analyze a game of chance. The goal is to identify a random experiment in the game (such as winning/losing a round or hand), identify the outcomeswrite out the sample space, and determine the probability of each outcome (if the number of outcomes is very large, you can describe them rather than write them out). You should aim to choose a very simple game and email your choice to the group (each of you should choose a different game). Be prepared to describe your game at the Dec 10 session.  
#16 Dec 17 
Probability Rules; Quiz 
Inperson meetings: second semester (DRAFT work in progress)
Week  Topics  Assignment  Activity 

#17  Conditional Probability  Baye's Theorem practice problems  Discuss how and why for solutions 
Week 18  Prob Dist for Discrete Random Variable  
Week 19  Mean and Variance for Discrete Random Variable  
Week 17  Binomial Random Variable  
Week 18  Normal Distribution  
Week 19  Rand Var WrapUp; Quiz  
Week 20  Sampling Distributions  
Week 21  Sampling Distributions; Quiz  
Week 22  Point Estimation  
Week 23  Confidence Intervals  
Week 24  Hypothesis Testing  
Week 25  Hypothesis Testing  
Week 26  Inference for One Variable WrapUp; Quiz  
Week 27  Two Sample ttest  
Week 28  Paired ttest  
Week 29  ANOVA  
Week 30  ChiSquare  Discuss example professional conference presentations  
Week 31  Linear Relationship  Submit study project reports  Study presentations 
Week 32  Inference for Relationships WrapUp; Quiz  Study presentations 