First exposure to inferential statistical techniques, in the first statistics
course, often leaves the student with a mass of formulas and procedures but only an
uncertain sense as to how all these pieces fit into a coherent whole. The primary aim of
this course is a deep and practical understanding of the conceptual framework underlying
statistical methods. We will cover the traditional topics of the introductory course (one
and twosample inference), and will expand upon those topics (distributional assumptions,
nonparametric alternatives, robustness, power analysis). In the last portion of the course
we will introduce the foundational procedures in the Analysis of Variance
("ANOVA"). The class will give a quick introduction to "multivariate"
statistical procedures (i.e., those involving a large number of variables) as time allows.
Pedagogical level of the course is roughly that of a graduatelevel
research methods course for nonmajors.
The purpose of daily review assignments is to provide timely review and
feedback on the basic course concepts and computational mechanics covered each day in
class. This structured regular review facilitates mastery of course material. Review
assignments are due at the beginning of the following class. They are checked simply
for reasonable effort, not accuracy. Daily assignments in this course are more extensive
that those in the introductory course (STAT 301). Accordingly, completing them is worth
a measurably large portion of the course grade. Daily review assignments are distributed
in class. They are also available from the links below. (Some of the review assignment
webpages have links to more detailed solutions, in case you run into difficulty while
working on them.)
Daily Homework #1 
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These assignments are longer and more involved than daily review assignments.
Their purpose is to take the basic concepts and calculations of the course (which are
reinforced by the daily review) and to apply them to "real world" situations, so you may be
able to use the material in the course in your professional and personal life. Homework will
not normally be accepted late.
