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# General

• ### Blinder on Statistics

America is shamefully inadequate at teaching statistics. A student can travel from kindergarten to a Ph.D. without ever encountering the subject. Yet statistics are ubiquitous in life, and so should be statistical reasoning.

Alan S. Blinder (1945 - )

• ### Statistics Anagrams

Clue Clue
dome maiden
said rule anger
level curb maples
meet irises rain cave
true oil cool terrain
next premise tour skis
salsa request fenced icon
its logic in a limbo
poisons persona
dust tents trap oily bib

Statistics Anagrams!

Directions: Rearrange the letters of each clue's word or phrase to form a statistical word or phrase. For example, the word "name" can be rearranged to form the word "mean."

Solutions (PDF)

• ### Statistic Acrostic

by Lawrence Mark Lesser and Dennis K. Pearl

A
Better
Confidence:
Data.
Expectations
Fit
Good.
Hypothesizing,
I
Jettison
Kurtosis,
Leptokurtic
Moments.
Normality
Obliges
Parameters.
Qualification:
Rejecting
Significance,
Testing
Uniform
Variance
While
X-bars
Yield
Z-scores.

• ### Empty Cells in Contingency Tables

by Maarten Manhoff (1972 - )

Nothing is not, said he,
The absence of anything.
Why so?, said she.
Because, said he,
Recall Aristotle?
Well no, said she.
It's so subtle, said he.
There are two varieties
Of empty cells, you see,
Empty of necessity
And empty accidentally, said he.
Uh?, said she,
I don't get it.
It's Nothing, said he,
Forget it.

• ### Three Haikus

written as part of class project at St. Olaf College
("World of chaos" by Carolyn Raitt; "Reality bites" by Hannah Johnson; "Is it you or me" by Nicole Villa)

World of chaos
How can I find truth in here?
Stats gives life order.

Reality bites
Whipping data into shape
Statistics bites back

Is it you, or me?
Your hopes, my size - both too big

• ### An Un-Normal Distribution of Words

by Anthony Masci
The stats prof thought that he was drinking Guinness just like Gosset did
but it turned out to be Poisson liquid.

When his students heard they became Hypergeometric
and rather non-parametric.
They couldn't believe that it was true,
but the old professor managed to pull through!

"So they made a type-I error," said he,
and they all ate a dinner of Tukey and gravy.