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Data Management & Organization

  • Cartoon by John Landers (www.landers.co.uk) based on a joke popularized on the internet in 2003 soon after the start of the Iraq war (usage of this pun was rare before Jeff Gabbage's October 12, 2003 article, "She's developed weapons of math instruction" in the "Philadelphia Inquirer."). Cartoon is free to use in the classroom and on course web sites.
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  • I don't see the logic of rejecting data just because they seem incredible. A quote of British Astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle (1915 - 2001) found in "Statistically Speaking - A Dictionary of Quotations" compiled by Carl Gaither and Alma Cavazos-Gaither (IOP publishing, 1996) p. 150.
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  • This case study discussess methods to successfully adapt graduate-level statistics courses for the online environment. Using small-group discussion assignments is not only a great way to create an interactive learning community; it also provides instructors with valuable information about students' reasoning.
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  • This article describes a dataset containing information for 25 brands of domestic cigarettes. The dataset can be used to illustrate multiple regression, outliers, and collinearity.
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  • This article presents data from 1997 Big Ten Conference men's basketball games involving the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. The data can be used to demonstrate bivariate statistical inference techniques such as confidence regions, paired comparisons, and simultaneous confidence intervals. Key Word: Bivariate data; Scatterplot.
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  • This article describes a dataset containing Major League Baseball data from seasons 1969 through 2000 and illustrates how this data can be used as a course long project covering basic data management, the use of exploratory data analysis to "clean" data, and construction of regression models. The data is in .dat format.
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  • This article describes a dataset on life expectancies, densities of people per television set, and densities of people per physician in various countries of the world. The example addresses correlation versus causation and data transformations. Key Word: Prediction.
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  • JOpenChart is a free Java Toolkit and library for embedding charts into different kinds of applications, no matter if they are server side, desktop or web applications.

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  • This online textbook provides information on the statistical analysis of nutritional data. Techniques covered include data cleaning, descriptive statistics, histograms, graphics, scatterplots, outlier identification, regression and correlation, confounding, and interactions. Each chapter includes exercises with real data and self-tests to be used with SPSS.
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  • This free online video program uses historical anecdotes and contemporary applications to introduce the series which "explores the vital links between statistics and our everyday world. The program also covers the evolution of the discipline."
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