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  • Factual is the location data company the world’s most valuable brands and technology companies trust to understand and intelligently grow their businesses.

    Data is the currency for the new economy, and location data is driving smarter digital products, marketing and business decisions. Our world is now mobile, computing is everywhere, and the power of location data is changing everything — the way we get around, the way we interact with brands, the way we solve problems and the way we discover new services and access information. Location data is changing the way we experience the world.

    Factual provides product and engineering teams, marketers and data analysts access to the world’s most trusted, accurate and comprehensive data on places and people worldwide, transforming products, advertising and businesses with data that puts everything in context.

    Information about working for Factual can be found here:  https://www.factual.com/company/careers/#career 

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  • The Journal of Statistics Education provides a collection of Java applets and excel spreadsheets (and the articles associated with them) from as early as 1998 on this webpage.

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  • StatCrunch is a web-based package that does a complete range of statistical calculations. Formerly known as WebStat, it provides statistical calculation functions that would be done in most introductory statistics courses, including, but not limited to, creating histograms, pie charts, and boxplots; calculating summary statistics and confidence intervals; and performing hypothesis tests. It allows data to be entered in a spreadsheet style data window or opened from a file. StatCrunch does require a subscription for students and professionals ($13 for 6 months and $23 for 12 months).

    StatCrunchThis allows you to pull data sets contained on many web pages in various forms directly into StatCrunch for analysis.

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  • CODAP provides an easy-to-use web-based data analysis platform, geared toward middle and high school students, and aimed at teachers and curriculum developers. CODAP can be incorporated across the curriculum to help students summarize, visualize and interpret data, advancing their skills to use data as evidence to support a claim.

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  • "There are a lot of small data problems that occur in big data.  They don't disappear because you've got lots of stuff.  They get worse." is a quote by British biostatistician David J. Spiegelhalter (1953 - ).  The quote may be found in a March 28, 2014 article in the Financial Times written by Tim Hartford entitled "Big data: are we making a big mistake?"

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  • This is a chapter on data wrangling excerpted from a book on data science. The book is “Modern Data Science with R,” and the authors are Benjamin J. Baumer, Daniel T. Kaplan, and Nicholas J. Horton. It contains the R code needed to do basic things with data such as sorting, arranging, and summarizing data.

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  • This is a chapter on ethics excerpted from a book on data science. The book is “Modern Data Science with R,” and the authors are Benjamin J. Baumer, Daniel T. Kaplan, and Nicholas J. Horton. The chapter presents several ethical dilemmas, then a framework to use when evaluating ethical issues. Then it discusses the dilemmas again, now resolving them.

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  • This site is a lesson on using SQL. It starts with a simple SELECT query. The user must type in the correct command to select certain columns from a database. Once the user has completed the first lesson, then he or she may continue to more complicated lessons.

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  • This site is a government-run repository of information on current and completed clinical trials. Users can search for clinical trials by disease type and also by whether the trial is currently recruiting. Then a detailed description of the trial is given. This can be used in a classroom setting to discuss design issues and ethical issues with clinical trials.

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  • This website is a summary of a randomized controlled trial of a metropolitan police department's body-worn camera program. It is useful in class to talk about the design of the experiment and also to talk about how they state their results. Their results are given as confidence intervals for differences.

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