During this semester, you will design and carry out your own experiment using the statistical techniques we will discuss in this class. Each student will create a thread on the Discussion Board of BlackBoard and periodically submit drafts of this report as it progresses. This project will be carried out in three stages and will count as 20% of your final grade:

**I. The initial concept.** Please post your topic as I instruct on the Discussion board before September 24^{th} and before you begin collecting data. I will assist in the formulation of the project once you have, at the very least, identified an area of interest. Choose a project that interests you. The project is a study that requires you to gather data from a sample on any **quantitative** variable that you choose. Preferably, the study would also involve segregating the data by some categorical variable. The project can be of one of two types:

a.* Using existing data. * Test to see if there is a difference between two populations based on data that you gather from two samples from the respective populations. For example, one could test whether house prices in

one NY county are significantly higher than those in another based on a sample of recent sales. (Please don’t

use this topic)

b. *Using your own data*. Design a survey to measure a random variable which you define. For example, you could test the

claim that women spend more time per week on Facebook than men do. (Don't use this topic either) Use the results of

the survey determine if the difference you find for your sample is sufficient proof to state that there is a difference

between the underlying populations.

**II. Gathering the data. ** First, try the library or Internet, then see me. If you do a survey, I must see the question(s) you will ask before you begin the survey.

**III. Writing the report. ** Here is a description of the components necessary for this **five to six page** report:

1. *Introduction.* What is the question you set out to answer? Describe the population, the

parameter, the statistic, and the sample. Discuss the techniques of statistics that you

will use in analyzing the data.

2. *Presentation of the data.* List the data that you found. This must be well organized.

Graph the data (histogram?). Describe how you obtained your data. This section is due on November 26^{th} .

3. *Analysis.* This must include a hypothesis test or a confidence interval or both. Use the

class notes, the textbook, and your instructor as your primary resources for this

section. Show me all of the work that you do and explain each step that you take as

you go along.

4. *Conclusion.* What is the answer to the question asked in part 1? How sure are you that

this answer is correct?

Although this is a mathematics class, I also expect you to write complete, concise sentences. All papers will be graded on rubric that includes professional presentation as well as meeting all specifications and deadlines.

Subject | Mathematics |

Due By (Pacific Time) | 12/20/2013 12:00 am |

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