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SataPREP February Webinar – Delayed to March 13

Date Time: March 13, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: StatPREP Webinar: Course Curricula & StatPREP

Danny Kaplan and Kate Kozak will introduce the three new StatPREP companion tools for Statistics Using Technology by Kozak, OpenIntro Statistics by Diez, et al, and Elementary Statistics by Triola. Do you use one of these books in your introductory statistics classes? If so, tune in to this webinar to learn how StatPREP can help you teach data-centric stats! If you don’t use these books, you can still learn where the StatPREP material can be used with your textbook.

To register for the webinar, go to the site

Compact Guide chapters 5, 6, & 7

It’s a new year and time for a new batch of chapters from A Compact Guide to Classical Inference. These chapters complete the setup for a dramatic development to come in the next release, where the simple formulation of statistical inference which will unify all the different settings found in the introductory course–difference between two means, difference between two proportions, slope of a regression line–into a pair of simple formulas and a test statistic F that directly handles both hypothesis testing and the construction of confidence intervals.

Chapters 1 through 4 brought us to the point where we can measure variation and model variation in the response variable as a function of explanatory variables.

Now, Chapter 5 uses the model function in a very simple way to find model values, the output of the model when the function is applied Read more

Chapters 2 & 3: Compact Guide to Classical Inference

Today we’re releasing another two chapters of the Compact Guide to Classical Inference. Today’s chapters lay much of the foundation for the compact approach. Chapter 2 describes briefly the organization of data and introduces two simple notions not usually found in traditional approaches: identifying a specific response variable and creating an indicator variable when the response is categorical. Simple as indicator variables are, using them enables problems involving proportions to be folded directly onto the settings for quantitative response variables. Just this simple step reduces the number of inferential settings by half! (Later,  we’ll see how it also handles the situation usually, and unnecessarily, treated with chi-square.)

Chapter 3 is very short: measuring variation. As you’ll see, a central unifying theme of inference is measuring the amount of variation in the response variable and comparing that … well you’ll have to wait for Chapters 4 and 5 for that!

The variance is the star here. No longer relegated to being an intermediate step in calculating a standard deviation, the variance shines on its own.

The textbook method for computing the variance involves subtracting the mean from each data value. As an innovation, Chapter 3 shows the variance solely in terms of comparing pairs of values. This little added insight into a familiar statistical quantity alone justifies reading the chapter.

The compact guide to classical inference

Today we’re releasing the first of about a dozen installments of  a new short book that emerged from the StatPREP summer workshops. The book, Compact Guide to Classical Inference, is available in an online format here. It’s intended to help instructors see that there can be a simple way to teach basic statistical inference.

In addition to the book, we’ve set up an online discussion forum through the Mathematics Association of America. You’ll need an MAA Connect account, but you can set this up through the link even if you don’t belong to the MAA.

The  first installment includes the preface and the first chapter,  “What is classical inference?”  The standard answer is that classical inference is the set Read more

December webinar

December StatPREP Webinar
Date: Dec 10, 3pm EST , 2 pm CST, 1 pm MST, noon PST
  • Who: Donna LaLonde & Danny Kaplan
  • Donna is  the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach at the American Statistical Association and the ASA liaison on  the StatPREP Board. Danny is one of the founders of StatPREP and a professor at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • Title: The Compact Guide to Classical Inference: Why?
  • Description: In December 2019, starts the serial publication of a short and highly specialized book: The Compact Guide to Classical Inference. Keeping in mind that StatPREP is about centering statistics education on real data, this book is an anomaly: the introduction of a reframed mathematical approach to statistical inference. The reframed approach unifies into a simple, single standard procedure all the inferential settings found in intro stats and carries forward naturally to apply to “advanced” settings such as multiple regression. The webinar will be a conversation between Donna and Danny about how the many formulae and probability tables of historical statistics can be unified into a single simple test statistic, F, and an expression for the confidence interval in terms of F.