
STAT 301 This course aims to give students a broad exposure to statistical methods useful in "real world" situations, especially in business practice. We will examine three broad categories of statistical tools: (1) descriptive statistics, which summarize available data; (2) inferential statistics, which generalize from a sample to a larger population; and (3) modeling procedures, such as regression analysis, which make predictions based upon the underlying structure of the data. I am teaching one section of STAT 301 during the Spring Semester of 2018. Answer keys to the first set of "knowledge festivals" are posted at the following links: the first concepts k.f. and the first computations k.f. 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. Late assignments are accepted at a penalty grade. The lowest four review assignments will be dropped in computing your course grade. Review assignments and attendance combined comprise 20% of your grade in the course. Daily review assignments are available from the links below. Many of the review assignment webpages have links to more detailed solutions, in case you run into difficulty while working on them.
Students will complete three course projects, one for each unit of the class. These are intended to be group projects. (You may be a oneperson group. I encourage you to work with others on these, as you will learn more from your interaction with others. However, I realize that this is not convenient for some students, and so it is not required.) In each project, you will complete a research task, from problem formulation, through data collection and analysis, to final presentation of results. The three projects together are worth 30% of the course grade.
Each homework assignment and project will require a written report. Projects will also require an oral presentation. Some general guidelines for these are given in the links below. (Individual assignments may of course also provide particular requirements specific to that assignment.)
