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  • Playful song has recurrent mention of the term heteroscedasticity.
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  • Song describes concepts and steps of hypothesis testing. May be sung to the tune of "Mr. Bojangles" (Jerry Jeff Walker). Musical accompaniment realization and vocals are by Joshua Lintz from University of Texas at El Paso.
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  • Song is simply a quick jingle to help students recall the conceptual interpretation of a standard score (or, z-score), which in turn should help make sense of the formula. May be sung to tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat". Recorded June 26, 2009 at the OSU Whisper Room: Larry Lesser, vocals/guitar; Justin Slauson, engineer.
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  • Song invokes tradeoffs and pitfalls of there being (at least) two kinds of average: mean and median. May be sung to tune of "Love and Marriage" (Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen). Musical accompaniment realization and vocals are by Joshua Lintz from University of Texas at El Paso.
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  • This video is a humorous refresher of statistics methodology. This rap video presents a parody with statistical references. It is quite entertaining.
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  • This video is an example of what is known in psychology as selective attention. When a person is instructed to only focus on the number of times a ball is passed between players wearing a white shirt it is sometimes difficult to see what else is going on.
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  • This lesson plan uses the Birthday Paradox to introduce basic concepts of probability. Students run a Monte Carlo simulation using the TI-83 graphing calculator to generate random dates, and then search for matching pairs. Students also perform a graphical analysis of the birthday-problem function. Key Words: Permutations; Explicit Function; Recursive Function; Modeling.
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  • This text document is a detailed index of the Against All Odds video series. This detailed index allows instructors to quickly find stories that can be used in the classroom. The author also includes the his ratings of which video segments are useful in the classroom. The actual videos are viewable online and are also indexed in CAUSEweb.
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  • This free online video program "shows how to improve the accuracy of a survey by using stratified random sampling and how to avoid sampling errors such as bias. While surveys are becoming increasingly important tools in shaping public policy, a 1936 Gallup poll provides a striking illustration of the perils of undercoverage."
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  • In this free online video program, "students will learn the distinction between deterministic phenomena and random sampling. This program introduces the concepts of sample space, events, and outcomes, and demonstrates how to use them to create a probability model. A discussion of statistician Persi Diaconis's work with probability theory covers many of the central ideas about randomness and probability."
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