Sampling & Survey Issues

  • A song to be used in discussing the value of random selection in sampling and random assignment in experimentation. 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 2014 hit “All About that Bass,” by Meghan Trainor. Also, an accompanying video may be found at
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br-5FtoYfkc

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  • A song that may be used in discussing the difference between cluster sampling and stratified sampling  and the value of them when you have groups known to be homogeneous for the variable under study.  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 Mike Chapman and Nicky Chin’s 1979 song "Kitty", popularized by Toni Basil in her 1981 recording of the song as "Mickey". Also, an accompanying video may be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX9erSAH9WY

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  • A song to aid in discussing various common problems seen in the wording of questions in sample surveys. The original music and lyrics were written in 2017 by Lawrence Mark Lesser from The University of Texas at El Paso. The song won second place in the 2017 A-mu-sing contest.
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  • A cartoon to aid in the discussion of volunteer sampling and response bias in surveys. The cartoon was created in 2017 by Sabrina Cappella, a student at the University of Toronto at Mississauga and took the grand prize in the 2017 A-mu-sing competition.
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  • A cartoon to aid in the discussion of the importance of replication. The cartoon was created in 2017 by Lyla El-Fayomi, a student at the University of Toronto at Mississauga and won an honorable mention in the cartoon category of the 2017 A-mu-sing competition.
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  • A cartoon to be used for discussing the importance of efficiency in sampling. The cartoon was used in the April 2017 CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest. The winning caption was submitted by Mickey Dunlap from University of Georgia. The drawing was created by British cartoonist John Landers based on an idea from Dennis Pearl of Penn State University. Three honorable mentions that rose to the top of the judging in the April competition included “Better to ask for help BEFORE you're drowning in data!,” written by Larry Lesser from University of Texas at El Paso; “I guess I should have asked for more details before signing up for this "Streaming Data" workshop,” written by Chris Lacke from Rowan University; and “On reflection, random sampling WITH replacement might not have been appropriate in this scenario,” written by Aaron Profitt from God’s Bible School and College.
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  • A poem to illustrate the dependence between trials when sampling is without replacement. To set this poem up in the classroom, you might ask the students questions like: "If I want to put the Supreme Court Justices in a random order, I can pick one at a time without replacement. Before I pick the first Justice, do I know who it's going to be? Before I pick the last Justice, do I know who it's going to be?" The poem was written in 2017 by Larry Lesser from The University of Texas at El Paso.
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  • A joke to use discussing the broad types of research that might go under the name "Survey". The joke was written by Larry Lesser (The University of Texas at El Paso) and Dennis Pearl (Penn State University).
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  • A cartoon to be used for discussing the history and use of statistics in polling. The cartoon was used in the October 2016 CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest. The winning caption was submitted by Larry Lesser from The University of Texas at El Paso, while the drawing was created by John Landers using an idea from Dennis Pearl. A second winning caption "If your sample isn't drawn correctly, it will be flawed even if it came straight from the horse's mouth!" was by Alan Russell from Elon University is well-suited for starting a conversation about of the importance of design in surveys.(see "Cartoon: The XYLOPH Survey II") Honorable mentions that rose to the top of the judging in the October caption contest included "XYLOPH Poll Results: A majority of the creatures on the green and blue planet are brown neigh-sayers" written by Anna Peterson from Iowa State University; "So your answer to the question, 'Do aliens exist?' would be Neigh?" written by Erin Hodgess of University of Houston; "Sorry 'neigh'bor ... I only participate in Gallop's surveys" written by Jeff Collier from LCM High School; and "Based on the findings of this survey all creatures on this planet must have 4 legs, a tail, and neigh in answer to any question..., how convenient that I met one of them on my first try!," written by Catharina Beussen, from Alisal High School.
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  • A cartoon to be used for discussing the history and use of statistics in polling. The cartoon was used in the October 2016 CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest. The winning caption was submitted by Alan Russell from Elon University, while the drawing was created by John Landers using an idea from Dennis Pearl. A second winning caption "Thank you for being part of this Gallop Poll!" written by Larry Lesser from University of Texas at El Paso is well-suited for starting a conversation about the history and use of statistics in polling (see "Cartoon: The XYLOPH Survey I") Honorable mentions that rose to the top of the judging in the October caption contest included "XYLOPH Poll Results: A majority of the creatures on the green and blue planet are brown neigh-sayers" written by Anna Peterson from Iowa State University; "So your answer to the question, 'Do aliens exist?' would be Neigh?" written by Erin Hodgess of University of Houston; "Sorry 'neigh'bor ... I only participate in Gallop's surveys" written by Jeff Collier from LCM High School; and "Based on the findings of this survey all creatures on this planet must have 4 legs, a tail, and neigh in answer to any question..., how convenient that I met one of them on my first try!," written by Catharina Beussen, from Alisal High School.
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