Applied Statistical Methods
Spring 2007, Mon.Wed.Fri. 11:00 in CL 324 CRN 11513,
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh
| Instructor || Dr. Nancy Pfenning |
| Office || Cathedral 2710 |
| Website || www.pitt.edu/~nancyp |
| E-mail || email@example.com |
| Phone || 624-8729 (statistics office, leave message with secretary) |
| || 521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm) |
| || 624-8336 (during office hours) |
| Office Hrs. || Mon. Wed. 3:00-3:50,
or by appt. |
| Stat Lab || For hours of
operation and names of TAs on staff, see
schedule. Lab is
in 435 Cathedral
(take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral).
| || Avoid times when the lab is
| Free Tutors
the Academic Support Center 648-7920 or visit their
and refer to tutoring, which links to a pdf file of their walk-in tutoring
4/07 Here are the
solutions to Practice Final
4/10/2007 Practice Final available as pdf
Adam's office hours will be Monday, April 16 from 9 to 11 in CL 2617
His office hours for Wednesday, April 18 are canceled.
Friday, April 6: 10 am recitation meets in 1201 Posvar Hall
(The Posvar Computing Classroom is located on the ground floor, near
escalators, next to the GSPIA Library. You'll need to walk around to
the main lab entrance to get to the classroom.)
4/1/2007 Practice Midterm 2
solutions now available
Adam has extra office hours Monday, April 2 from 6 to 8 in CL 2617
(and you may also find him in his office Tuesday afternoon before 3:45).
His office hours for later in the week are canceled.
2/24/2007 Practice Midterm 2 available as pdf
2-19-07 Normal Practice Exercises and
Solutions are available; try these
and check your own work by Wednesday, February 21. [Note that the original
solution to 4.(a) was incorrect and has been fixed.]
The midterm has been rescheduled for Friday, February 16. If you are
unable to take it then, email me and arrange to take it in my office
Wednesday at noon. You can also come for office hour help Wednesday
12 to 1:50.
The midterm has been rescheduled for Friday, February 16.
No office hours Wednesday, Feb. 14 or Thursday, Feb. 15; you can
email me if you have questions.
- 2/12/2007 Practice Midterm 1
solutions now available
coincidence stories of our class members!
1/30/2007 Practice Midterm 1 available as pdf
- Homework Assignments have been revised to accommodate use of both
2nd and 3rd editions. Please discard assignments handed out first day
of class and replace with revised
- Lecture Notes for Week 14
- Lecture Notes for Week 13
- Lecture Notes for Week 12
- Lecture Notes for Week 11
- Lecture Notes for Week 10
- Lecture Notes for Week 9
- Lecture Notes for Week 8
- Lecture Notes for Week 7
- Lecture Notes for Week 6
- Lecture Notes for Week 5
- Lecture Notes for Week 4
- Lecture Notes for Week 3
- Lecture Notes for Week 2
- Lecture Notes for Week 1
are now available as a pdf file.
- Extra Credit Exercises for the
entire semester may be found here.
- Student Survey data:
a tab-delimited text file, is now available;
download it into MINITAB, type ctrl A to highlight, ctrl C to copy, start up
MINITAB, type ctrl V to paste it. If it asks about delimiters, click OK.
- MINITAB is available at all campus computing labs, such
as Cathedral, Forbes Quad, Benedum, and of course the Stat Lab. If in addition you would like to
have MINITAB on your PC,
Pitt's Software Licensing Service at 105 Bellefield Hall (behind Heinz
Chapel) is now offering MINITAB CDs for only $5 a copy (be sure to have your
student ID with you)! Otherwise,
a free fully functional demo can be downloaded from
www.minitab.com BUT it will
only run for 30 days, so consider waiting until later in the semester!
- All recitations on the following dates:
Jan. 11; Feb. 15; Apr. 5; Apr. 19
will be held in the Stat Lab
435 CL (enter on Bigelow side of Cathedral, take steps up to 4th floor)
and the Friday recitations Jan. 12, Feb. 16, Apr .20 are in CL G27; the
Friday, Apr. 6 recitation is in Posvar Hall 1201.
- Jan. 2007 Handout in recitation on MINITAB Basics
to be used as a reference for all MINITAB work.
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
MATH 0031 (Algebra) or equivalent.
No Comp. Sci. background needed.
Homework,computer lab problems, quizzes,
two midterms, and a comprehensive final exam.
| 11 Homeworks || 202 |
| 12 Lab Problems || 48 |
| Best 10 of 11 Quizzes || 100 |
| Midterm 1 || 150 |
| Midterm 2 || 200 |
| Final Exam || 300 |
| Total || 1000 |
| Extra Credit || max 50 |
90-100% A; 80-89% B; etc. Plusses are assigned to the students at
the top of each grade range and minuses to the students at the bottom.
None of us can know in advance if an individual student will be a
"borderline case"; completing extra credit assignments (specified in
lecture notes) throughout the semester can help you to optimize your
chances for the best possible grade. These are to be handed in to me
by the following lecture; no late homeworks or extra credits will be
Utts and Heckard: Mind on
Statistics, 2nd or 3rd ed., Duxbury Press
Available weekly as pdf files; also
available for copying in Math/Stats library 4th floor Thackeray
- Thursday, 12:00-12:50 CL 313 [CRN 11484]
- Thursday, 1:00-1:50 CL 230 [CRN 11483]
- Thursday, 2:00-2:50 CL 218 [CRN 11514]
- Friday, 10:00-10:50 CL 236 [CRN 11515]
Instructor: Adam Sima
Office Hours Wednesdays 12:00 to 12:45, Fridays 9:00 to 9:45 in CL2617
Recitations will concentrate on the use of MINITAB (our computer package)
and on the clarification and review of lecture material. All quizzes
except Quiz 11 will
be administered in recitation. In addition, individual questions,
especially those pertaining to the homework assignments, may be addressed.
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