
Basic Applied Statistics
STAT 200
Spring 2003, CRN 14607(10:00) or 15019(12:00) 4 credits
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh
Group A  MWF 10:0010:50, Cathedral 332
[CRN 14607] 
Group B  MWF 12:0012:50, CL G24 [CRN
15091] 
Instructor  Dr. Nancy Pfenning 
Office  Cathedral 2710 
Website  www.pitt.edu/~nancyp 
Email  nancyp+@pitt.edu 
Phone  6248729 (statistics office, leave message with Diane) 
 5218349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm) 
 6248336 (during office hours) 
Office Hours  Thursdays 9:0012:00

 additional hours by appointment 
Stat Lab  435 Cathedral, for schedule see
Stat Lab Hours 
 (take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral) 
Free Tutoring  Contact Mike Giazzoni
giazzoni+@pitt.edu at
the Learning Skills Center 6487925 or visit their
website

News
4/23/02 Final Exam scores averaged about 82%,
with a standard deviation of 12%; course average was also about 82%.
Survey data from end of the semester now available:
surveys02b.txt, a tabdelimited text file; see
instructions.
4/11/01 Practice Final handed out in class; here are the
solutions
12:00 Lecture's Final Exam at 2:00 on April 25th is moved from
332 CL down the hall to 324 CL.
Dr. Pfenning will hold extra office hours Monday, April 22 from 8:30
to 10:30 and Thursday, April 25
from 11:30 to 1:30.
Angela will see students on Sunday, April 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 in the
Cathedral Commons Room (1st floor)
Melissa will see students on Monday, April 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 in CL 2617
Kim will see students on Wednesday, April 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 in CL 435
(Stat Lab)
Jenny will see students on Friday, April 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 in WWPH
2L23
3/29/02 Midterm 2 scores had mean 70%, standard deviation 14%;
see
solutions
3/22/02 Practice Midterm 2 handed out in class; see
solutions .
Jenny's Thursday Office Hours have been changed from 121 to 45
for the rest of the semester
Office hours Thursday, March 14th from
9 to 11 are cancelled. Please see one of the TAs for help, or send me email.
There will be no lecture on Wednesday, March 13. Please go over the
Lecture 23 notes, which consist of 14 practice problems covering 6.2 and to
a lesser extent 6.1. After trying all the problems yourself, check the
solutions.
Recitations Monday April 1 through Thursday April 4 will be held in
the Stat Lab so that TAs can help students get started on Student Data
Problems 7 through 10. These will be due Friday, April 5 instead of Monday,
April 1. The rest of the homework is still due Monday, April 1.
2/12/01 Midterm 1 scores had mean 81%, standard deviation 12%;
solutions provided here.
Melissa's Monday 3:00 recitation has been moved from Cathedral 229
to Cathedral 221
2/6/02 Practice Midterm 1 handed out in class; see
solutions .
1/17/02 Normal Practice Exercises Solutions
now available
Jenny Zhu's office hours changed to Mon. and Wed. 12:501:50,
Thurs. 11:5012:50
Survey data from current year now available:
surveys02.txt, a tabdelimited text file; see
instructions.
No classes Monday, January 21 for Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday; those
of you who have Monday recitations should take QUIZ 1 by
attending one of the other 3 recitations (for your lecture) which meet Tuesday, Jan. 22 in CL 306 (10:00 lecture) or BENDM 522 (12:00 lecture)
1/7/02 Anonymous Survey
Questions completed by class
1/7/02 If you would like to have MINITAB (at least temporarily) on your PC, a fully functional (30 days only!) demo can be downloaded from
www.minitab.com
All recitations first two weeks of class will be
held in the Stat Lab
435 CL (enter on Bigelow side of Cathedral, take steps up to 4th floor
1/7/02 Handout on MINITAB Basics
to be used as a reference for all MINITAB homework
Description
This is a course for students who wish to learn basic methods in order to
analyze simple studies and experiments. This course will present the basic
methods of applied statistics, utilizing an easytouse interactive statistical
computing package called MINITAB. Students will be provided with readily
understandable and intuitive descriptions of statistical analyses. The topics
to be covered include: basic descriptive statistics for univariate and
bivariate data, very elementary probability theory, random samplings from
populations and random allocation to experimental treatments, sampling
distributions, concepts of confidence intervals and
hypothesis testing, tests of means in onesample,
twosample, pairedsample and standard analysis of variance contexts.
Categorical data analysis will also be discussed. Most students taking this
course will probably not pursue further formal undergraduate study in applied
statistics.
Prerequisites
MATH 0031 (Algebra) or equivalent.
No Comp. Sci. background needed.
Requirements
Homework (including computer assignments), quizzes,
two midterms, and a comprehensive final exam.
Grading
11 Homeworks  (>) 200 
Best 10 of 11 Quizzes  100 
2 Midterms, 200 each  400 
Final Exam  300 
Total  1000 
Course Grade
90100% A; 8089% B; etc. Plusses and minuses
are used for borderline cases and to ensure fairness and consistency.
Textbook
D. S. Moore: Basic
Practice of Statistics, 2nd ed., W. H. Freeman and Company
Lecture Notes
Handed out weekly in class; also
available for copying in Math/Stats library 4th floor Thackeray
10:00 Lecture
 Monday, 2:002:50 CL 306
 Tuesday, 9:009:50 CL 306
 Tuesday, 10:0010:50 CL 306
 Tuesday, 11:0011:50 CL 306
 Instructor: Angela Lockhard aklst6@pitt.edu
 Office Hours: Thursdays 11:002:00 in Langley 252 (phone 6241387)
12:00 Lecture
 Monday, 3:003:50 CL 229
 Tuesday, 12:0012:50 BENDM 522
 Tuesday, 1:001:50 BENDM 522
 Instructor: Melissa Ziegler mlz2@pitt.edu
 Office Hours: Wed.2:303:30 and Thurs.
1:002:00 in Cathedral 2617
(take the elevator to 27 and walk down one flight),
Thurs.12:001:00 in Cathedral 435.
 Tuesday, 2:002:50 BENDM 522
 Instructor: Jeongeum Kim jek24@pitt.edu
 Office Hours: in Stat Lab 435 CL: see Jeongeum's hours in the
schedule
2:00 Lecture
 Wednesday, 4:004:50 CL 202
 Thursday, 1:001:50 WWPH 5T51
 Thursday, 2:002:50 WWPH 5T51
 Thursday, 3:003:50 WWPH 5T51
 Instructor: Jenny Zhu jennyzhu+@pitt.edu
 Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:50 to 1:50; Thursdays 4:00
to 5:00 in WWPH 2L23
Recitations will concentrate on the use of MINITAB (our computer package)
and on the clarification and review of lecture material. Quizzes will
be administered in recitation. In addition, individual questions,
especially those pertaining to the homework assignments, may be addressed.
Note:
The material in this course is cumulative in nature. Thus, it
is important not to fall behind in your reading or assignments
or you will find yourself lost. If you are confused, see me or
your recitation instructor for help.
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