StatCrunch Featured Data Sets

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In August, 2018, Pearson posted a wide variety of featured data sets that you can use to illustrate a variety of statistical concepts in your class. Each data set on this site has a thorough description of the data and provides a source along with descriptions of each variable. I would like to focus on the “California Home Prices, 2009” data set. This particular data set is interesting because it represents a variety of variables on homes sold in San Luis Obispo county during the financial crisis that started in August, 2008 (including sale type such as regular, foreclosure, or short sale).  Many of our students would have been between […]

Reproducibility of Research

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The article below discusses how much of the scientific research that folks in the media, the general population, and other “stake-holders” is flawed due to the fact that the results cannot be reproduced.  This is a great illustration of ethics in statistical research.  This could be used to formulate a classroom discussion about the ability to replicate research. How Bad Is the Government’s Science_ – WSJ

ICTCM

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I will be attending the International Conference on Teaching Collegiate Mathematics in Chicago.  The event is March 9 through March 12. Click here for more information. I am scheduled to give two talks at the conference. My Positive Experience Using an Engaging and Interactive Statistics Program Online Friday @ 11:15-11:45 am I will be presenting with Sam Bazzi, Henry Ford College Using Simulation and the Bootstrap to Introduce Hypothesis Tests on the MeanFriday @ 3:30–4:00 p.m.  

Mathematics of Love

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In this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, there is an article entitled “In Love, Formula Suggests Only Fools Rush In”. The article looks into the marriage problem, first analyzed in Scientific American in 1960. The idea is essentially a decision about whether you should stay with the current individual you are courting, or dump that individual for someone else who may be a better option. The risk in staying with the individual you are currently courting is that there is someone “better” out there. However, the risk in moving on to another option is that you may be giving up your best option. What to do? Why not have a little […]

USCOTS 2017

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Consider attending the premier statistics education conference.  The United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania May 18 – 20, 2017.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Show Me The Data!”.   Click here for more details.