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  • Song is an informal overview introducing the conceptual steps of the scientific method. Recorded on the CD "Science Songs and Stories For the Big Questions", available at www.kathleencarroll.com.
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  • A cartoon that can be used in teaching about pie charts. 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.
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  • Song playfully depicts a college student struggling to master statistics at the hands of authority figures. May be sung to the tune of "Satisfaction" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards).
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  • Statistician's "breakup" song is filled with 2 dozen puns from a variety of (mostly first-year) statistical terms. Song is a 12-bar blues, with the words in parentheses more spoken than sung during the final 2 bars of each 12. Appeared in Winter 2002 "STATS" and Spring 2004 "The Pi".
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  • Song includes facts and connections about the mean while making commentary on typical pop radio love songs. May be sung to the tune of "Silly Love Songs" (Paul McCartney). Appeared in September 2005 "Amstat News" and in November 2005 "The Journal of Irreproducible Results". Musical accompaniment realization and vocals are by Joshua Lintz from University of Texas at El Paso.
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  • Song describes conditions for using the t distribution and mentions its inventor William Gosset (and his pseudonym, Student). May be sung to the tune of "Let it Be" (McCartney/Beatles). Musical accompaniment realization and vocals are by Joshua Lintz from University of Texas at El Paso.
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  • Song encourages critical thinking about how surveys are conducted and presented in the media. Published at www.tomsnyder.com/products/productextras/SCISCI/statisticslyrics.html
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  • The song summarizes the controversy about statistically adjusting the United States decennial census for undercount. May be sung to the tune of "Annie's Song" (John Denver). Appeared in Autumn 2001 "Teaching Statistics" and Winter 2002 "STATS". Recorded June 26, 2009 at the OSU Whisper Room: Larry Lesser, vocals/guitar; Justin Slauson, engineer.
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  • Joke of unknown authorship quoted in H.H. Friedman, L.W. Friedman, and T. Amoo, "Using Humor in the Introductory Statistics Course," "Journal of Statistics Education" volume 10, #3 (2002)
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  • Song gives a conceptual overview of big themes of statistics, including variation, correlation, sampling, residuals, outliers, and the interpretation of a confidence interval. Chorus may be sung to the tune of the chorus of "Lose Yourself"(Eminem). Appears in Summer 2003 "Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education". May be heard at: http://www.lawrence.edu/fast/jordanj/rap.wav
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