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Poem: Meditation on Statistical Method

Meditation on Statistical Method is a poem by American poet and Brandeis University professor James Vincent Cunningham (1911 - 1985). The poem was originally published in "The Exclusions of a Rhyme: Poems and Epigrams" (1960; Swallow Press) and may also be found in "The collected poems and epigrams of J.V. Cunningham" (1971; Swallow Press).
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Date Of Record Creation 2007-12-21 08:02:00
Date Last Modified 2007-12-22 08:58:00
Date Of Record Release 2007-12-21 08:02:00
Alternate Title November 24, 2009 Activity Webinar
Source Project Poison Applet
Email Address See website for email form.
Date Issued 2001
Resource Type
Typical Learning Time 30 minutes
Author Name J.V. Cunningham
Author Organization Brandeis University
General Comments Subpages still exist, but this one does not.
Supplemental (Lesson Plans)
Technical Requirements Java Applet
Comments This basic applet focuses on a single concept: the relationship between the correlation coefficient and the pattern in a scatterplot.
Content Quality (Concerns) One of the learning goals is for students to distinguish between strong and weak association, however, these terms are not defined in the lesson outline, so the instructor needs to add this element when doing the activity.
Content Quality (Strengths) The outline for using the activity is clear and succinct. The summary at the top of the page is helpful in setting the pedagogical context for the activity. The instructions are specific and flow in a logical sequence.
Ease of Use (Concerns) The applet does not have any instructions on how to use it, but its functionality becomes obvious after trying it one or two times.
Ease of Use (Strengths) The applet is easy to access and for students to use. It requires a minimal amount of time to learn how to use it.
Potential Effectiveness (Concerns) The activity is simple and the students who grasp the concept quickly might quickly lose interest.
Potential Effectiveness (Strengths) Creating visual images is essential in helping students grasp and remember the concept of correlation. The example quiz questions for assessment are a key element in an effective activity.
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Material Type
Statistical Topic
Application Area
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Intended User Role
Math Level

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