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Sampling & Survey Issues

  • A song discussing how a sample can be superior to a census.  The lyric was written in 2018 by Lawrence Lesser of The University of Texas at El Paso and parodies John Denver's 1974 #1 hit "Annie's Song".  The song was also published in the May 2019 Amstat News.

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  • A joke to use in discussing the poor representativeness of a convenience sample.  The joke was written in 2019 by Larry Lesser from The University of Texas at El Paso.

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  • A cartoon that can be a vehicle to discuss the nature of convenience samples and how they are likely to differ from probability-based samples. The cartoon was used in the January, 2018 CAUSE cartoon caption contest and the winning caption was submitted by Larry Lesser from The University of Texas at El Paso. The cartoon was drawn by British cartoonist John Landers (www.landers.co.uk) based on an idea by Dennis Pearl from Penn State University.

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  • A joke to aid in discussing Confirmation Bias (bias introduced in surveys because respondents tend to interpret things in a way that confirms their preexisting beliefs).  The joke was written by Larry Lesser from The Universisty of Texas at El Paso and Dennis Pearl from The Pennsylvania State University in October, 2018.

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  • This song covers some major real-world examples in the history of random sampling. The lyric was written in 2017 by Lawrence M Lesser from The University of Texas at El Paso and can be sung to the tune of theHarry Casey and Richard Finch song “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” that was a 1976 #1 hit for KC and the Sunshine Band.

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  • The emphasis in this course will be understanding statistical testing and estimation in the context of "omics" data so that you can appropriately design and analyze a high-throughput study. Since the measurement technologies are evolving rapidly, important objectives of the course are for students to gain a basic understanding of statistical principles and familiarity with flexible software tools so that you can continue to assess and use new statistical methodology as it is developed for new types of data.

    By the end of the course, you should be able to tailor the analysis of your data to your needs while maintaining statistical validity.  You should come out of the course with insight so that you can assess the validity of new statistical methodologies as they are introduced as well as understand appropriate statistical analyses for data types not discussed in the class. 

    Perfect for students and teachers wanting to learn/acquire materials for this topic.

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  • The aim of this course is to cover sampling design and analysis methods that would be useful for research and management in many field. A well designed sampling procedure ensures that we can summarize and analyze data with a minimum of assumptions and complications. Perfect for both students and teachers wanting to learn/acquire materials for this topic.

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  • A song for use in helping students identify factors that allow a sample of data to be representative of the population and distinguish between random and convenience samples.  Lyrics © 2016 by Amy Adler, may be sung to the tune of “Miss Susie had a steamboat.”This song is part of an NSF-funded library of interactive songs that involved students creating responses to prompts that are then included in the lyrics (see www.causeweb.org/smiles for the interactive version of the song, a short reading covering the topic, and an assessment item).

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  • This is the free online textbook for the Foundations of Data Science class at UC Berkeley for the Data 8 Project. Creators have used https://github.com/data-8/textbook to maintain this textbook (an open source project that allows for continual easy editing and maintenance).

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  • This site offers separate webpages about statistical topics relevant to those studying psychology such as research design, representing data with graphs, hypothesis testing, and many more elementary statistics concepts.  Homework problems are provided for each section.

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