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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=2381A song for teaching about the Cramer Rao Lower Bound for the variance of an unbiased estimate. The lyrics were written by Kyle White and Bradley Turnbull from North Carolina State University as a parody of the 2003 track "Jerk It Out" by the Swedish band Caesars. The song won first prize in the song category in the 2013 CAUSE A-Mu-sing competition and is performed by The Fifth Moment, an NCSU graduate student band (Kristin Linn, Jason Osborne, Siddharth Roy, Bradley Turnbull, Joseph Usset, and Kyle White). Free for use in non-profit education settings.Tue, 25 Jun 2013 05:03:53 -0400Song: Call It Maybe
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=2378A song for teaching concepts of estimating a population mean and addressing uncertainty in the estimate. The lyrics were written by Lawrence Mark Lesser from University of Texas at El Paso as a parody of the 2011 song "Call Me Maybe" written by Carly Rae Jepsen, Tavish Crowe, and Josh Ramsay). The lyrics were awarded second prize in the 2013 CAUSE A-Mu-sing competition. Free for non-profit educational use.Tue, 25 Jun 2013 08:43:30 -0400Confidence Interval Game
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=2339This applet is meant to test a student's ability to estimate p values from confidence intervals.Sun, 3 Feb 2013 09:55:54 -0500Cartoon: The Ground Hog's Prediction
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=2285A cartoon to use in discussing the importance of indicating the variability associated with any prediction. The cartoon is the work of Theresa McCracken and appears as #5756 on McHumor.com (appearing here with a statistics-based caption change suggested by Dennis Pearl). Free for non-profit use in statistics course such as in lectures and course websites.Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:40:18 -0500Webinar: A Guitar Hero Based Project in Mathematical Statistics
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=2100May 25, 2010 Activity webinar presented by Ivan Ramler, St. Lawrence University and hosted by Leigh Slauson, Capital University. This webinar discusses an undergraduate Mathematical Statistics course project based on the popular video game Guitar Hero. The project included: 1) developing an estimator to address the research objective "Are notes missed at random?", 2) learning bootstrapping techniques and R programming skills to conduct hypothesis tests and 3) evaluating the quality of the estimator(s) under certain sets of scenarios.Mon, 12 Jul 2010 04:49:07 -0400Gallery: Reinterpreting Michail Vrubel
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=2062A sketch by Anastasia Mandel reinterpreting Fortune-Teller by Michail Vrubel (1895) with the statistical caption "It helps when other statistical techniques fail." This is part of a collection of sketches by Anastasia Mandel and their accompanying statistical captions discussed in the paper "How art helps to understand statistics" (2009) by Stan Lipovetsky and Igor Mandel in volume 4 pages 313-324. Free to use in classrooms and on course websites.Fri, 28 May 2010 10:26:04 -0400**Confidence Interval Tutorial
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=2040This tutorial introduces students to the basics of confidence intervals in a Q & A format with options for entering answers to questions and having those answers checked.Fri, 16 Apr 2010 09:05:12 -0400Quote: von Neumann on Overfitting
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1987"I remember my friend Johnny von Neumann used to say, with four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk." includes the quote attributed to Hungarian-American mathematician John von Neumann (1903 - 1957). The full quote was relayed by Enrico Fermi in 1953 when he was asked about the value of a result that used four free parameters in fitting experimental results. (see "A meeting with Enrico Fermi" Nature 427: p. 297.)Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:12:53 -0500Song: Plus or Minus Two
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1981Mon, 2 Nov 2009 12:46:15 -0500Quote: Kay on Prediction
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1972"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." This is a quote by American computer scientist Alan C. Kay (1940 - ). The quote was said at a 1971 meeting of Xerox Corporation's Palo Alto Research Center.Mon, 28 Sep 2009 10:20:47 -0400Webinar: Introduction to Estimation - The German Tank Problem
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1971September 22, 2009 Activity Webinar presented by Diane Evans, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and hosted by Leigh Slauson, Capital University. This webinar is based on an activity found at www.lhs.logan.k12.ut.us/~jsmart/tank.htm and other on-line resources (see references). During World War II, the British and U.S. statisticians used estimation methods to deduce the productivity of Germany's armament factories using serial numbers found on captured equipment, such as tanks. The tanks were numbered in a manner similar to 1, 2, 3, ..., N, and the goal of the allies was to estimate the population maximum N from their collected sample of serial numbers. The purpose of this activity is to introduce students to the concept of an unbiased estimator of a population parameter. Students develop several estimators for the parameter N and compare them by running simulations in Minitab. Extra materials available for download free of charge.Thu, 24 Sep 2009 09:38:06 -0400Gallery: Reinterpreting Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1941A sketch by Anastasia Mandel reinterpreting The Cardsharps by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (c. 1594-1596) with the statistical caption "A naive Bayes estimation." This is part of a collection of sketches by Anastasia Mandel and their accompanying statistical captions written by Stan Lipovetsky and Igor Mandel that took first place in the cartoon & art category of the 2009 A-Mu-sing contest sponsored by CAUSE.Free to use in classrooms and on course websites.Fri, 7 Aug 2009 04:07:53 -0400Webinar: Bayes Goes to Bat: using baseball to introduce Bayesian estimation
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1934July 28, 2009 Activity webinar presented by Jo Hardin, Pomona College, and hosted by Leigh Slauson, Otterbein College. Based on an activity by John Spurrier, this webinar uses a baseball example to introduce students to Bayesian estimation. Students use prior information to determine prior distributions which lead to different estimators of the probability of a hit in baseball. The webinar also compares different Bayesian estimators and different frequentist estimators using bias, variability, and mean squared error. The effect that sample size and dispersion of the prior distribution have on the estimator is then illustrated by the activity.Sun, 2 Aug 2009 10:42:47 -0400Cartoon: Entering Chicago
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1887A cartoon to teach the idea that sampling variability depends on the size of the sample, and not on the size of the population (as long as the sample is a small part of the population). Cartoon drawn by British cartoonist John Landers based on an idea from Dennis Pearl. Free to use in the classroom and for course websites.Sat, 1 Aug 2009 10:05:08 -0400Cartoon: Home Improvement
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1805A cartoon to teach about the value of confidence intervals compared with just giving a point estimate. Cartoon by John Landers (www.landers.co.uk) based on an idea from Dennis Pearl (The Ohio State University). Free to use in the classroom and on course web sites.Tue, 1 Apr 2008 11:06:58 -0400Cartoon: Estimating the Population Size
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1783A cartoon to teach about the capture-recapture method to estimate population size. Cartoon by John Landers (www.landers.co.uk) based on an idea and sketch from Sheila O. Weaver (University of Vermont). This is part of a three cartoon set that took first place in the cartoon category of the 2007 A-Mu-sing competition. Free to use in the classroom and on course web sites.Fri, 21 Dec 2007 05:12:07 -0500Cartoon: The Capture-Recapture Method
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1782A cartoon to teach about the capture-recapture method. Cartoon by John Landers (www.landers.co.uk) based on an idea and sketch from Sheila O. Weaver (University of Vermont). This is part of a three cartoon set from Dr. Weaver that took first place in the cartoon category of the 2007 A-Mu-sing competition. Free to use in the classroom and on course web sites.Fri, 21 Dec 2007 05:09:11 -0500**Maximum Likelihood
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1754Tue, 24 Jul 2007 07:04:25 -0400Song: MLE
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1750Song about the properties of Maximum Likelihood Estimation including efficiency, invariance, and asymptotic normality. May sing to the tune of "Let it Be" By Paul McCartney. Recorded June 26, 2009 at the OSU Whisper Room: Larry Lesser, vocals/guitar; Justin Slauson, engineer.Mon, 18 Jun 2007 10:02:12 -0400How to Convince a Student that an Estimator is a Random Variable
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1717This classroom example illustrates the concept that estimators are random variables. The example makes use of the classic problem of estimating the size of a population by observing serial numbers, specifically estimating the number of taxis in a city. In this article from the Journal "Teaching Statistics," The author explains how to encourage a discussion among students about the best estimator for a population size. The author then uses a simulation to determine which of a group of candidate estimates should be used.Wed, 7 Mar 2007 06:56:13 -0500Quote: Hawking on precision
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1635"Thirty years ago I was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and given two and a half years to live. I have always wondered how they could be so precise about the half." A quote from a BBC interview (February 18, 1996) of theoretical physicist Stephen William Hawking (1942 - ).Fri, 8 Dec 2006 11:45:29 -0500Song: It Had to be Mu
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1196Song celebrates advantages of the mean (over the mode and median) and includes conceptual references such as BLUE and MAD. May be sung to the tune of "It Had To Be You" (Gus Hahn and Isham Jones).Wed, 5 Apr 2006 03:23:46 -0400Learning from One's Mistakes
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1134This article describes an exercise, which highlights the effect of sampling without replacement in small populations, and leads to consideration of the relative importance of sample and population size when examining standard error.Wed, 24 Aug 2005 03:46:15 -0400How to Convince a Student that an Estimator is a Random Variable
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=1121This article describes an activity and simulation for understanding the difference between various estimators and their variances.Mon, 22 Aug 2005 04:21:33 -0400BGIM : Maximum Likelihood Estimation Primer
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http://www.causeweb.org/cwis/index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=474This set of pages is an introduction to Maximum Likelihood Estimation. It discusses the likelihood and log-likelihood functions and the process of optimizing. Mon, 16 May 2005 10:26:32 -0400