Elementary Probability

  • This article from the September 2009 issue of AMSTAT News provides a glimpse into some of the experiences of undergraduate statistics consultants at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
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  • This article from the September 2009 issue of AMSTAT News provides information about what is involved in a career in statistics and why statistics is important.
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  • In this September 2009 article from AMSTAT news, several statisticians share the stories of how they chose careers in statistics.
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  • A statistician who works as a consultant shares information about his career and how he has learned to be more effective in the professional world in this September 2009 article in AMSTAT News.
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  • Many great resources are provided here for those seeking more information about a career in statistics.

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  • January 26, 2010 webinar presented by Alicia Gram, Smith College, and hosted by Leigh Slauson, Capital University. This webinar describes an activity that uses data collected from an experiment looking at the relationship between two categorical variables: whether a cotton plant was exposed to spider mites; and did the plant contract Wilt disease? The activity uses randomization to explore whether there is a difference between the occurrence of the disease with and without the mites. The webinar includes a discussion of the learning goals of the activity, followed by an implementation of the activity then suggestions for assessment. The implementation first uses a physical simulation, then a simulation using technology. (Extra materials, including Fathom instructions for the simulation, available for download free of charge).

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  • Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom's apple pie. is a quote by American television journalist Harry Reasoner (1923 - 1991). The quote was said in a story on the news magazine show, "60 minutes."
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  • A cartoon that might be used when presenting a coin flip as a canonic example of a simple experiment in introducing probability concepts. The cartoon is #16 in the "Life in Research" series at www.vadio.com. Free to use with attribution in the classroom or on course websites.
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  • This simulation involves a series of balls passing through bins to eventually yield a normal distribution. Information is also provided about what the normal distribution is.

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  • Most accidents in well-designed systems involve two or more events of low probability occurring in the worst possible combination. is a quote by American systems engineering expert Robert E. Machol (1917 - 1998). The quote is found in his 1975 column "Principles of Operations Research" for the journal "Interfaces" vol. 5, pages 53-54 (this column was titled "The Titanic Coincidence."
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