Welcome
to the STAtistics Zone
(AP
Statistics, Periods 3 and 4)
Note: Period 3 meets on days A, B, D,
E, G, and X. Period 4 meets on days A, C, D, E, G, and X.
Are
you nervous when you see NCWEE? concerned when you see CIRC? perturbed when you
see PBC? Visit Mr. Hansen’s fabled abbreviations
page to make sense of those cryptic markings you see on your papers.
Schedule
at a Glance (see archives for older entries) 


T 4/21/15 
HW due (both
sections): 

W 4/22/15 
HW due (both
blocks): AP review as described in the 4/21 calendar entry. Minimum time: 25
minutes. More is better, if you can manage it. 

Th
4/23/15 
HW due (both
blocks): AP review as described in the 4/21 calendar entry. Minimum time: 25
minutes. More is better, if you can manage it. 

F 4/24/15 
HW due (both
blocks): AP review as described in the 4/21 calendar entry. Minimum time: 25
minutes. More is better, if you can manage it. 

Wk of
4/27/15 
HW due (both
blocks): AP review as described in the 4/21 calendar entry. Minimum time: 25
minutes per day, 6 or more days per week. More is better, if you can manage
it. Time must be worked prospectively, not in arrears. 

M 5/4/15 


T 5/5/15 


W 5/6/15 


Th
5/7/15 


F 5/8/15 


M 5/11/15 


T 5/12/15 


W 5/13/15 
AP Exam, Trapier
Theater. Arrive by 11:30 a.m., since the exam must start promptly for sports
scheduling reasons. 

Th
5/14/15 


F 5/15/15 


M 5/18/15 


T 5/19/15 


W 5/20/15 
Field Trip to NSA’s National Cryptologic
Museum, Fort Meade, MD.
Bus will leave at 8:00 a.m. from the service road beside the Martin Gym. We
will be back on campus by 1:15 p.m. People going on the field trip will be
excused from Blocks 2, 3, 4, and 5, and we’ll be back in time for lunch and
Block 6. 

Th
5/21/15 
Last day of STAtistics
for 201415. Guest speaker will be Mr. Eric Newburger, Assistant to the
Associate Director of Communications, U.S. Census Bureau. 

F 5/22/15 


Essential Links:
 STA School
Handbook
 College
Board: AP Statistics Course Description
 College
Board: more than 100 AP freeresponse questions and scoring rubrics from
previous years
 Our old textbook’s site has
online quizzes and some useful links
 RVLS (Rice Virtual Lab in
Statistics): One of the best sites anywhere for statistics! Here you’ll
find a complete college statistics course (complete with clickable glossary and great
case studies), simulations, and some excellent analysis tools.
 Virtual Laboratories in Probability
and Statistics (University of Alabama at Huntsville)
 StatCrunch
3.0 (formerly WebStat): An online statistical
computing package (requires Java)
 How to study
statistics (written by a professor at the University of Central Florida,
but the ideas are valid for our class)
 Eric Weisstein’s World of Mathematics: a monstrously
huge hyperlinked reference
 The MustPass Quiz for Statistics:
doubles as a review for the AP exam
TI83 Links:
 CINT (converts confidence interval from
interval notation to the more convenient “estimate ± m.o.e.” format)
 INVT (inverse t) program
written by Mr. Hansen and the Class of 1999
 CHISQGOF (ChiSquare Goodness
of Fit) program also written by Mr. Hansen and the Class of 1999
 CSDELUXE (ChiSquare Deluxe):
combines CHISQGOF and STAT TESTS C into one package; written by Mr. Hansen for
the Class of 2003
 Modifications to SCATRBOX program
so that it returns the LSRL equation at the end (followon to a stat teacher
workshop I attended on 12/5/2001)
 David Pachner’s statistical
test and confidence interval files
for the TI83 (added 4/16/2001; not reviewed by Mr. Hansen for accuracy)
 TI83 programs
from Texas Instruments
Philosophical Links:
 In praise of
Bayes: a very readable overview of the tension between the standard
(“frequentist”) approach to probability and the Bayesian view
Controversial Links:
 Does an elite
college really pay? Article addresses the issue of whether you would do
better financially if you simply invested the difference in tuition price.
 Does
traditional hypothesis testing actually make sense? Article questions
whether the entire second semester of our course is a waste of time . . .
 Are
law schools cooking their ranking statistics? Every high school statistics
student should read this (and maybe a second time, four years later).
Fun Links:
 Guessing
correlation coefficients by eye
 Another
correlation game
 Photos from our 5/20/99 field
trip to the National
Cryptologic Museum at the NSA
 Huge Internet gallery of statistics jokes
(warning: many are excellent, but some are dangerously lame)
 Average age at death for rock
stars is 36.9 (vs. 75.8 for the overall population). . . this site is religiously
oriented (and apparently sincere), but the reasoning process is seriously
flawed. Can you find the problem?
 Chance Database Welcome Page
(this is the link cited in the 4/4/99 Washington Post Unconventional Wiz
column)
 Accident statistics (the taxicab
problem)
 Psychological
probability quiz
 Marilyn is Wrong! (a truly
great site, even though it doesn’t seem to include Dr. Morse’s response to
Marilyn yet)
 Male sweat may be good for women’s health (a scholarly
article with p and tvalues from 2003, plus an abstract in
2007)
 Lying with statistics
 One of the biggest marketing blunders of all time: the New Coke fiasco
 More fun links on Mr. Hansen’s home page
Serious Links (click here)
Extra Credit (please see me if
interested):
 American Statistical Association poster or
project competition, deadline 5/23/2014 if you desire extra credit
 Washington Statistical Society Curtis Jacobs Memorial Prize,
deadline 5/10/2014
 Other extra credit options are available under the Fun Links at modd.net
(see Mathcross Puzzles)
Group Projects (1998
onward):
Exploratory Data Analysis
 Assignment (200506)
 Results (199899)
 Results (19992000)
 Results (200001)
 Results (200506)
Opinion Survey
 Assignment (200001)
 Results (19992000)
 Results (200001)
Experimental Design and Execution
 Assignment (200001)
 Results (199899)
 Results (200001)
Pairs Project on How to Lie With Statistics and Pvalue
Calculations
 Assignment (200001)
 List of Partners (200001)
Critique of a Scientific Article
 Assignment
AP Review
 D period (199899)
 F period (199899)
Test #1 (Chapters 12 plus §3.1 of old
textbook), Sept. 2000:
 Test #1
Old Test #1 (Introduction
through Section 2.2 of old old textbook):
 Study guide
 Test #1Dhas a residual plot question
not found in the F period version
 Test #1F
Test #2, Oct. 1998:
 Mr. Hansen’s study guide
 Eric Love’s study guide
(1/12/1999 revised version)
 Test #2 (merged version, with comments)
Test #3 (Chapter 5) for 19992000
 Answers to practice test (the practice
test was handed out in hard copy form on 11/15/1999)
 Takehome portion distributed
11/16/1999, due 11/17/1999
Old Test #3 (Chapter 4 of old old textbook):
 Study guide
 Test #3 (merged version)
 Answer key
Test #4 (Sections 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 of old old textbook):
 Study guide
 Test #4D
 Test #4F
Test #4 (Chapters 7 and 8 of old textbook:
random variables, binomial & geometric distributions):
 Actual test, 1/29/2004
Test #5 (Sections 6.2, 6.3, 7.1 of old old textbook):
 Study guide
 Practice test
 Answer key for practice test
(incl. correction to #18 suggested by C. Muller)
 Test #5 (merged version)
Test #5 (Sections 7.2 through 9.1 of old
textbook):
 Actual test, 2/6/2002
Test #6 (Sections 7.17.3 of old old textbook):
 Practice test
 Answer key for practice test
 Test #6D, with answer key
Test #6 (Chapters 9 and 10 of old
textbook):
 Actual test, 3/7/2002
Test #7 (Sections 8.18.3 of old old textbook, plus ChiSquare GOF):
 Answer key for sample test problems
 Inclass portion
 Takehome portion
Test #8 (Section 9.1 of old old textbook, plus Geometric Probability Distributions):
 Takehome test due Wednesday
4/28/1999
 Answer key (not yet released)
AP Exam Review
 Real
sample AP questions from the College Board
 TI83 Function Summary
 TI83/84 STAT TESTS Summary,
including the assumptions you need to check
 PHA(S)TPC procedures, a
systematic way of performing statistical tests and calculating confidence
intervals
 LSRL Top Ten
 Normal vs. Binomial: What are
the hallmarks and differences? (Includes many example problems, with
solutions.)
 Formula sheet markup guide
 Guide to standard error
formulas (third page of the AP formula sheet)
Question of
the day: 12/15/1998
Preview of
quiz for Wednesday, 11/18/1998
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