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Lesson: Confidence in Taxis

The “Confidence in Taxis” tutorial introduces sampling distributions in a novel context. The lesson was developed by participants in our 2017 StatPREP Summer Workshop at the College of Saint Catherine. With the assistance of Minneapolis/St.Paul hub leader Dr. Joseph Roith, the workshop group looked at a trip-by-trip data set from the New York City Taxi and Limosine Commission. They used these real-world data to create a demonstration of Read more

Behind the Scenes: transforming traditional to data-centric. Part I

It seems so sensible to say that statistics should be data-centric. But traditionally statistics has been taught as an extension of mathematics. Data didn’t enter into it except as fodder for exercises and test questions.

In this Behind the Scenes series, we’ll look at some examples of turning traditional lessons into data-centric ones. Read more

Lesson: An Experiment with Paper Planes

One of the best ways for students to learn about data is to collect and enter data into a shared spreadsheet. This lesson (link to tutorial document) does exactly that.

On the surface, the lesson is about performing an experiment, Read more

Lesson: Driver reaction times

An all-too-common style of statistics exercise gives students some numbers and asks them to calculate a confidence interval or conduct a hypothesis test.

The StatPREP driver-reaction-time lesson is our re-interpretation using data and computing of a textbook-type exercise that asks for the confidence interval Read more

Lesson: Data and Diabetes

All of us hear about risk factors for disease and all of us undergo medical screening tests. This lesson uses data from the National Health and Nutrition Evaluation Survey (NHANES) to illustrate how a screening test can be constructed. Link to lesson document.
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