Applied Statistical Methods
|Time/Place||MWF 11:00-11:50, CL G8|
|Instructor||Dr. Nancy Pfenning|
|Phone||624-8729 (stats office, leave message with Diane)|
|521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm)|
|624-8336 (during office hours)|
|Office Hrs.||Thursdays 9:00-12:00 or by appt.|
|Stat Lab||435 Cathedral, for hours of operation and names of TAs on staff, see schedule|
|but avoid times when the lab is reserved|
|(take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral)|
|Free Tutoring||Contact the Academic Support Center 648-7920 or visit their website and refer to Math Assistance|
This course is an intensive introduction to statistical methods. It is designed for students who want to do data analysis and to study further ideas in applied statistics beyond this course. The topics covered include descriptive statistics, elementary probability, random sampling, controlled experiments, hypothesis testing, regression, and the analysis of variance. Emphasis will be placed on the statistical reasoning underlying the methods. Students will also become proficient in the use of a statistical software package, MINITAB.
MATH 0031 (Algebra) or equivalent. No Comp. Sci. background needed.
Homework (including computer assignments), quizzes, two midterms, and a comprehensive final exam.
|10 Homeworks+10 Lab Problems||(>) 200|
|Best 10 of 11 Quizzes||100|
|2 Midterms, 200 each||400|
90-100% A; 80-89% B; etc. Plusses and minuses are used for borderline cases and to ensure fairness and consistency.
D. S. Moore: Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, 4th ed., W. H. Freeman and Company, 2003.
Handed out weekly in class; also available for copying in Math/Stats library 4th floor Thackeray
Recitations will concentrate on the use of MINITAB (our computer package) and on the clarification and review of lecture material. Quizzes will generally 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.
Note to Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Disability Resources and Services, 216 WPU (412) 648-7890, as early as possible in the term. DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course. See their website www.drs.pitt.edu