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  • This site did a lot of data visualization on many hot button topics. They provide the raw data that they used to create their graphs at this page. These data sets are kept in Google Doc spreadsheets.
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  • The textbook, "Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data," by Lock, Lock, Lock, Lock, and Lock, webpage has a collection of data sets which are used in their textbook. Even without the textbook, the variables are well named, and it is relatively easy to tell what the variables represent.
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  • March 24, 2009 Activity webinar presented by Nicholas Horton, Smith College, and hosted by Leigh Slauson, Otterbein College. Students have a hard time making the connection between variance and risk. To convey the connection, Foster and Stine (Being Warren Buffett: A Classroom Simulation of Risk and Wealth when Investing in the Stock Market; The American Statistician, 2006, 60:53-60) developed a classroom simulation. In the simulation, groups of students roll three colored dice that determine the success of three "investments". The simulated investments behave quite differently. The value of one remains almost constant, another drifts slowly upward, and the third climbs to extremes or plummets. As the simulation proceeds, some groups have great success with this last investment--they become the "Warren Buffetts" of the class. For most groups, however, this last investment leads to ruin because of variance in its returns. The marked difference in outcomes shows students how hard it is to separate luck from skill. The simulation also demonstrates how portfolios, weighted combinations of investments, reduce the variance. In the simulation, a mixture of two poor investments is surprisingly good. In this webinar, the activity is demonstrated along with a discussion of goals, context, background materials, class handouts, and references (extra materials available for download free of charge)
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  • This collection of datasets from Harvard University covers many ecological topics from insects to hurricanes. Each dataset's description includes the name of the investigator, dates of collection, location, abstract, and method of collection. The metadata file for each dataset provides descriptions of the variables. Please read the terms of agreement before use.
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  • This dataset comes from a study of 90 rats given one of 3 doses of a drug. At sacrifice, data on body weight and the weights of various organs were collected. Questions from this study refer to the relationship between dosage and body and organ weight. A text file version of the data is found in the relation link.
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  • This section of an online textbook discusses the correlation coefficient and illustrated it visually through graphs. It explains calculations as well as how scatter plots can describe data. It covers significance tests for relationships, the Spearman rank correlation and the regression equation. Exercises and answers are included.
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  • This page provides an example of pseudo random number generators (PRNG) creating spread spectrum broadcasts and signals for encryption and decryption of wireless transmissions.
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  • This sourcebook is an annual publication of statistics about the criminal justice system, including characteristics of the criminal justice system, attitudes toward crime, types of offenses, characteristics of people arrested, processing of defendants, and people in the correctional system. Datasets come in PDF format or spreadsheet format
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  • This page from the Bureau of Justice Statistics contains links to statistics about the criminal justice system. Some topics include: crime & victims; law enforcement; courts and sentencing; and expenditure & employment.
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  • This site provides tables of population, GNI per capita, total GNI, PPP GDP, and country classifications which can be used to make regional comparisons for people, environment, economy, states and markets, and global links. The data sets are from the year 2003. The tables are in Adobe Acrobat format.
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