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Teaching & Learning Webinar Series

This series of webinars presents general topics in statistics education.
They are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm Eastern time.
Hosted by Jackie Miller, The Ohio State University.

CAUSE webinars are made possible by generous contributions from:

Freeman Publishing

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Minitab Inc.

Pearson Higher Education

"Teaching Introductory Statistics with a Sports Emphasis"
with Jim Albert, Bowling Green State University

2:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern time, February 13th, 2007

An introductory statistics course is described that is entirely taught from a baseball perspective. This class has been taught as a special section of the basic introductory course offered at Bowling Green State University . Topics in data analysis are communicated using current and historical baseball datasets. Probability is introduced by describing and playing tabletop baseball games. Inference is taught by distinguishing between a player's "ability" and his "performance", and then describing how one can learn about a player's ability based on his season performance. Baseball issues such as the proper interpretation of situational and "streaky" data are used to illustrate statistical inference.