Data Presentation

  • A song about the use of the range to measure variation. The song may be sung to the tune of "Home on the range" the classic western song based on a poem by Brewster Higley of Smith county Kansas published in 1873 and music by Texas composer David Guion. The lyrics for this parody were written by Professor Lawrence Lesser of The University of Texas at El Paso.
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  • A song for use in discussing how it is important to think about variation along with averages in describing the information at hand. The music and lyrics were written by Lawrence Mark Lesser of University of Texas at El Paso. "On Average" took third place in the song category of the 2015 A-mu-sing contest.
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  • A song that can be used in teaching about left-skewed data. Lyrics by Lawrence Mark Lesser of University of Texas at El Paso. The song received an honorable mention in the 2015 A-mu-sing contest. May sing to the tune of "Left of Center" by Suzanne Vega and Stephen Addabbo that was a minor hit for Joe Jackson and Vega from the 1986 soundtrack album for the coming-of-age film Pretty in Pink.
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  • A joke that can be used in discussing standard scores (e.g. the age of the longest lived horse was about 9 standard deviations above the average lifespan) and how they are a unites measurement. The joke was written by Dennis K. Pearl from Penn State University.
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  • "The Art Of Numbers" is a poem by Scottish poet Eveline Pye from Glasgow Caledonin University. The poem was originally published in the September 2011 issue of the bimonthly magazine Significance, in an article about Eveline Pye’s statistical poetry. "The Art Of Numbers" might be used in course discussions of the meaning of statistics.
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  • "The Empassioned Statistician" is a poem by Scottish poet Eveline Pye from Glasgow Caledonin University. The poem was originally published in the June 2016 issue of the Bridges Poetry Anthology. "The Empassioned Statistician" was written to honor English social reformer and statistician Florence Nightingale, the first women granted membership in the Royal Statistical Society. May be used in classroom discussions of the importance of data in illuminating real world issues.
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  • This case study starts by the simple comparison of the prices of houses with and without fireplaces and extends the analysis to examine other characteristics of the houses with fireplace that may affect the price as well. The intent is to show the danger of using simple group comparisons to answer a question that involves many variables. The lesson shows the R code for doing this analysis; however, the data and the model could be used with another statistical software.
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  • This complete lesson plan, which includes assessments, is based upon a data set partially discussed in the article "Female Hurricanes are Deadlier than Male Hurricanes." The data set contains archival data on actual fatalities caused by hurricanes in the United States between 1950 and 2012. Students analyze and explore this hurricane data in order to formulate a question, design and implement a plan to collect data, analyze the data by measures and graphs, and interpret the results in the context of the original question.
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  • The STatistics Education Web, also called STEW, is an online collection of peer-reviewed statistics lesson plans for K-12 teachers. The web site is maintained by the ASA and accessible to K-12 teachers throughout the world. Lessons cover a wide range of probability and statistics topics.
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  • The textbook website for "Statistics: The Art & Science of Learning from Data," by Agresti, Franklin and Klingenberg, has a collection of Shiney Apps for visualizing statistical concepts. There are usable on computers, tablets and smart phones. Apps include Exploratory Analysis, Random Numbers, Association and Linear Regression, Distributions, Probabilities, Sampling distributions, Central Limit Theorem,, Inferential Methods (one and two samples), ANOVA, and Bootstrap Confidence Intervals & Permutation Tests.
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