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Department of Statistics

Stat 110

110—Introduction to Statistical Reasoning. (3) A course in statistical literacy. Topics include data sources and sampling, concepts of experimental design, graphical and numerical data description, measuring association for continuous and categorical variables, introduction to probability and statistical inference, and use of appropriate software.

Course Homepage: Recent semester

Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters

Purpose: To provide an integrated introduction to the basic statistical concepts encountered in mainstream and scientific media

Current Textbook: Statistics: Concepts and Controversies (7th Edition) by David S. Moore, and William I. Notz, W.H. Freeman and Company, 2010.


Topics Covered
Data Sources and Sampling: Simple random samples, confidence statements, and other sampling designs
1.5 weeks
Design of Experiments: Randomized comparative experiments, matched-pairs design, block designs
1.5 weeks
Measurement: Validity and accuracy in measurement and scales of measurement
0.5 week
Describing Distributions: Tables, graphs, averages, variability, and normal tables
3 weeks
Consumer Price Index: Indexes, market baskets
0.5 weeks
Understanding Relationships: Association, correlation, regression, and prediction; categorical tables
3 weeks
Probability: Simple properties of probability, finding probabilities by simulation, lotteries, and expected value
2 weeks
Confidence intervals for proportions and means
2 weeks

The above textbook and course outline should correspond to the most recent offering of the course by the Statistics Department. Please check the current course homepage or with the instructor for the course regulations, expectations, and operating procedures.  

Contact Faculty: TBD

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