Statistics Project 1

I. Students could do statistical analysis on real data they have obtained through work, a

hobby, a research interest, or an idea/project from another class. Ideally, this analysis

should lend itself to either regression or hypothesis testing. What you are looking

for in your data is either a number of predictor variables or some sort of comparison

you would like to make. For example, if you were interested in trying to predict your

chance of lung disease based on smoking 2, 10 or 20 cigarettes I day. The number of

cigarettes per day would be a predictor variable and the chance of developing lung

disease is the outcome. **Do not attempt this particular experiment for the sole

purpose of fulfilling the requirement for this class.

' a. The format of such a project would include several sections including the

Purpose or problem statement: a history/background of what you are

investigating; Procedure: how you collected your data and what you intend to

do with it. Sample calculations or data analysis: This may include the data

di splay techniques we covered in chapters 2 & 3, a regression equation,(! can

give you a walk through in excel so you can get an idea of what to look at) or test

of hypothesis, and finally, conclusions: this section should include your

conclusions and error analysis- "what could have gone better?" If feasible, you

should include your data with the project or a source where you obtained it. This

type of project should be about 3 pages in length .

OR

II. Alternatively, students could do a report on a topic in probability or statistics that

interests them. Topics include (but not limited to) computer generated random

numbers, computer simulations, normal probability curve, survey design/analysis,

Baysian probabilities/methods, random walks/Brownian motion, ANOV A, other

probability distributions (beta, chi square, F, Weibell, or Cauchy), quality control

methods, or Non-parametric statistics.

a. The fonnat of this sort of project would include several sections including the

topic, a history of the problem - who invented it, why, how is it used, what are

assumptions of use, what are drawbacks of use, etc. You should include a sample

problem (this can be from a text book or joumal article or one you've fabricated)

include anything further of note- methods, new applications, other methods that

solve similar problems, etc.

b. A written project should be 3-7 pages in length. You are encouraged to provide

graphs and diagrams with your report, so I don't think length will be an issue.

Include sources if applicable. You should learn appropriate formats for citing

sources. At am inimum, you should state the author, title, and type of publication

(book, joumal, website, etc). If you want practice using a specific documentation

style: CBE (Council of Biology Editors) for example, but you are free to use any

that you are comfo1iable with or want practice with.

Note.· Historically, students who have chosen a type of project described in

paragraph I have scored better than those that chose one from paragraph IL but I

suspect that students that chose option A were more familiar with their subject

(since they performed the experiment).

Subject | Mathematics |

Due By (Pacific Time) | 12/07/2012 09:51 pm |

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