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Interpretation of Confidence Levels

  • A cartoon suitable for use in teaching about confidence intervals and the quality of estimates made by a model. The cartoon is number 2311 (May, 2020) from the webcomic series at xkcd.com created by Randall Munroe. Free to use in the classroom and on course web sites under a Creative Commons attribution-non-commercial 2.5 license.

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  • A cartoon suitable for use in teaching about the variability in estimates (including estimates of the variability of estimates). The cartoon is number 2110 (February, 2019) from the webcomic series at xkcd.com created by Randall Munroe. Free to use in the classroom and on course web sites under a Creative Commons attribution-non-commercial 2.5 license.

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  • This presentation was given by Aneta Siemiginowska at the 4th International X-ray Astronomy School (2005), held at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA.  

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  • This presentation is a part of a series of lessons on the Analysis of Categorical Data. This lecture covers the following: maximum likelihood estimation for logistic regression, sample size requirements for approximate normality of the MLE’s, confidence intervals, likelihood ratio statistic, score test statistic, deviance, Hosmer-Lemeshow goodness-of-fit statistic, the Hosmer-Lemeshow statistic, parameter estimates, scaled/unscaled estimates, residuals, grouped binomials, and model building strategies.

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  • This presentation is a part of a series of lessons on the Analysis of Categorical Data. This lecture covers the following: 2x2 contingency tables, fixing columns and rows, MLE, and previous topics within the context of contingency tables (variance, confidence intervals, standard error approximation, likelihood ratio, etc.).  

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  • This presentation is a part of a series of lessons on the Analysis of Categorical Data. This lecture covers the following:  Wald test, score test, likelihood-ratio test, large sample confidence intervals, and the F distribution.

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  • This is a graduate level introduction to statistics including topics such as probabilty/sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, ANOVA, and regression.  Perfect for students and teachers wanting to learn/acquire materials for this topic.

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  • A song that may be used in discussing the meaning and interpretation of the confidence level for a confidence interval. The lyrics were written by Mary McLellan from Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas as one of several dozen songs created for her AP statistics course. The song may be sung to the tune of the Beatles 1965 hit song Can’t Buy Me Love, written by Paul McCartney. Also, an accompanying video may be found at
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc6gJAm3cMY

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  • A short story that might be used as an out-of-class assignment to facilitate understanding the interpretation of a 95% confidence interval as a random interval that is expected to cover the true parameter in 95% of all samples. The story was written in 2011 by Canadian mathematician Robert Dawson from Saint Mary's University in Halifax Nova Scotia. The story was published as a two part series at www.Lablit.com
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  • A song to be used in discussions about Confidence Intervals. The lyrics were written by Alan Reifman from Texas Tech University and may be sung to the tune of Cat Stevens 1971 hit "Moon Shadow." Musical accompaniment realization and vocals are by Joshua Lintz from University of Texas at El Paso.
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