Statistics 250 Honors
Due date: Monday, April 28, 2003
Choice of topic due by Monday, March 31, 2003.
- You will choose either to write a paper
to turn in or give a 10-15 minute presentation in class sometime
during the last week of class (April 28-May 2).
If you choose a presentation, you should hand in a copy of your presentation
at the time you present it to the class.
- You may work with one other person if you wish, but no more than that.
Of course, you then share a grade with that person.
- You will choose the topic yourself, but I need to approve all topics.
You should check your topic with me before March 31 if possible.
- If you do not have an idea and you do not find any of the
topics appealing, please come and talk to me. We'll think of
- Your intended audience, whether you write a paper or give a presentation,
is this class--that is, people with some basic knowledge of
statistics but without specialized knowledge about your chosen topic.
The 20-point grade for the project will be broken down as follows:
- A fourth of the grade will be for the mechanics of your project.
- 2 points will be given for any acceptable project. Basically, if you
hand something in, these points are automatic unless what you
hand in is really not final project material. (This is to
prevent people from simply giving up if things aren't going
- 3 points will be given for the writing/communicating style. I won't
focus on grammar or spelling (unless they're horrendous), but I
expect you to take the communication part of this assignment
seriously. After all, communicating your ideas, even statistical
ones, well is vital if you ever want to influence people. Expect
to receive most points here if what you say is coherent; expect
to receive all 3 points if what you say is persuasive as well.
- The other three fourths of the grade will be for the content of the
- 10 points will be given for the quality of the statistical content.
Did you demonstrate a
mastery of the relevant statistical concepts from the class?
Were all relevant statistical issues addressed? Did you put some
effort into learning new statistical methodology? Have you
thought about the limitations of the statistical methods you
used, and can you find evidence of any such limitations?
- 5 points will be given for the quality of the subject-matter content.
Have you presented your topic in an understandable manner? Have
you made it interesting? Have
you included all necessary background needed by an
unsophisticated audience? If the topic itself is statistical in
nature, how thoroughly do you explain the new statistical material?