eCOTS 2016 - Panel - Teaching with Simulation-Based Inference

Presented by:

Nicola Justice, Robin Lock, Allan Rossman, and Chris Wild


This panel will begin by discussing WHY teach simulation-based inference, and then move into four different perspectives on HOW to teach simulation-based inference, addressing several choices to be made. In addition to questions from the audience, the following questions will be addressed:

  • Why teach simulation-based inference?
  • What order do you teach topics in? Do you think order matters? Where do traditional (normal and t-based) methods get incorporated, if at all?
  • How do you teach interval estimation, and why do you teach it this way?
  • Two general types of simulation (“cranks”) exist: the reallocating/shuffling/scrambling crank and the resampling crank. Should students see both types of cranks?
  • What features do you like in software for teaching simulation-based inference? What should the students have to do and what should the software do for them? What role does animation play? What are the biggest conceptual-connections to be addressed with software? How does software for developing conceptual understanding differ from software for doing data analysis?


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Teaching with Simulation-Based Inference