Intermediate Applied Statistics

Fall 2001

General Information | - | Course Outline | - | HW Assignments | - | Minitab Assignments |

I've posted some review materials for the final exam.

**INSTRUCTOR:**
David Hunter, 310 Thomas Building, 863-0979,
dhunter@stat.psu.edu

OFFICE HOURS: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 and Fridays 10:00-11:00,
or by appointment

**ASSISTANT:**
Hong Xu,
316 Thomas Building, 863-3238,
hqx100@psu.edu

OFFICE HOURS: Thursdays 1:00-2:00

**REQUIRED TEXT:**
Ramsey, Fred L. and Schafer, Daniel W. (1997).
*The Statistical Sleuth: A Course in Methods of Data Analysis*.
Duxbury Press.

**COURSE OBJECTIVE:**
The objectives of this course, briefly put, are twofold: To learn to
apply *appropriately*
a wide range of statistical techniques for data analysis and
to acquire rudimentary skills in Minitab, a popular statistical
software program.
Although there will be some review of material seen in
introductory statistics classes, such review will move quickly because
students are assumed to have learned introductory material previously.
Because of the applied focus of the class, a strong emphasis will be placed on
case studies; this emphasis is evident in the textbook for the course.
The following quotation from the preface of the textbook sums up the
course objective well:

"The level of sophistication for this text is high when it comes to models and methods needed to analyze data and interpret results, but low when it comes to mathematics. Our foremost concern is that future researchers learn proper approaches for conducting the statistical aspects of their research."

Modern applied statistics requires the use of computers, and statistical software will be necessary for most homework assignments. Therefore, a secondary objective of the course is to learn about Minitab.

**SUMMARY OF COURSE REQUIREMENTS:**
Requirements for the course include brief
Minitab assignments in lieu of some Friday classes,
occasional
in-class quizzes, homework assignments (most of which involve the use of a
computer), an in-class midterm, and a final exam.

Quizzes | 0-10% |

Minitab assignments | 10% |

Homework | 30-40% |

Midterm | 20% |

Final | 30% |

**QUIZZES:**
Occasionally, I may give a short quiz in class. Such a quiz might
be announced or unannounced, so it is important to let me know when you
will not be in class just in case we have a quiz that day:
quizzes may not be made up, but if you miss a quiz because of
an excused absence that quiz simply will not
count in your grade. If you miss a quiz for an unexcused
absence, the quiz grade will count as a zero.
Quizzes will all be worth the same number of points, and at the end
of the semester your quiz average will comprise up to 10% of your grade,
depending on how many quizzes we've had. The remainder of that
10% (if there is any) will be absorbed by the homework grade.

**MINITAB ASSIGNMENTS**
Partly
because of our, well, unusual schedule, which has us in class until
5:30 on Friday afternoons, I've decided to try an experiment this
semester. On some (NOT ALL) Fridays, there will be a lab assignment
for you to complete on your own time, to be turned in sometime that day
on email. On these days, we will not meet for class.
It will involve completing some kind of task using Minitab, then emailing
me the results and the answers to one or two short questions about those
results.
Check the course outline
to see the schedule of Fridays when we won't have class.

These assignments will be posted on the course webpage sometime before
Thursday afternoon and the email to me
will be due by midnight the next day
(Friday). I will be available to answer questions on Friday, either by email
or at my office hour from 10:00-11:00. **Because I might not
be around after noon on Friday, I strongly urge you to get these assignments
out of the way as early as possible, in case you have questions.**
Most weeks, however, I'll be in my office during the regular class time,
in which case you're welcome to stop by with questions.

To use the personal computers on campus, you must obtain an Access Account. Students who are registered for one or more credits are automatically assigned an Access Account. To request activation of the account, students must present a Penn State photo ID to CAC staff at 12 Willard Building, 215 Computer Building, 230 Computer Building or any CAC lab in which a lab attendant is on duty. Normally the account is ready within 24 hours. Minitab will be an integral part of the homework during the later part of the course. Minitab is freely available on Penn State PCs and Macs. The windows PC version of Minitab has the best features and its use is encouraged.

For personal use, a student may purchase a copy of Minitab through the University Micro Computer Center in 12 Willard Bldg for about $90. It is a useful software package even for work outside this course. Alternatively, a temporary (5-month) Minitab license is available from e-academy.com for $26.

**HOMEWORK:**
Weekly homework will be assigned in class on Wednesdays
and will typically consist of
6-10 problems from the text and/or Minitab exercises.
These homework problems
will then be due the following Wednesday in class.
Homework assignments
and
Solutions
are posted on the web.

In order to receive credit, homework must be handed in before 5:00 PM the
Wednesday it is due. If you will be gone the
Wednesday homework is due, you must
arrange to hand it in before then. The only exceptions are cases in which
you arrange an extension with me, which must be done
**before** the homework is due.

I will not accept late homework for credit. At the end of the term, your lowest homework grade will be dropped.

**FINAL EXAM**
The final exam will be comprehensive. Because of this it will be an
open book and open note format.

**SICKNESS AND COMPASSIONATE WAIVERS:**
The policies outlined above regarding quizzes and homeworks will be strictly
enforced, even in the case of missed class due to sickness. In unusual
circumstances, I may override these policies; such decisions will be solely
at my discretion.

**ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:**
All Penn State and Eberly College of Science policies regarding
academic integrity apply to this course. See
http://www.science.psu.edu/academic/Integrity/index.html
for details.

Last modified: August 14, 2001

dhunter@stat.psu.edu