# 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 2007-12-22 08:58:00 2007-12-21 08:02:00 November 24, 2009 Activity Webinar Project Poison Applet http://www.poisonapplet.com/ See website for email form. 2001 30 minutes J.V. Cunningham Brandeis University Subpages still exist, but this one does not. http://www.mathspace.com/NSF_ProbStat/Teaching_Materials/Materials_High_School_Teachers/CI%20for%20p Java Applet This basic applet focuses on a single concept: the relationship between the correlation coefficient and the pattern in a scatterplot. 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. 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. The applet does not have any instructions on how to use it, but its functionality becomes obvious after trying it one or two times. The applet is easy to access and for students to use. It requires a minimal amount of time to learn how to use it. The activity is simple and the students who grasp the concept quickly might quickly lose interest. 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. 1