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to the STAtistics Zone
(AP
Statistics, Period B)
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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
5/17/05 
Field Trip to the National Cryptologic Museum, Fort
Meade, MD. Depart 8:00 a.m., return
to campus approx. 12:35 p.m., well in advance of the Mother/Son Luncheon at
1:30 p.m. You will be excused from A through E period classes if you attend.
If you do not attend, you must answer the following question: 

W
5/18/05 
Ninth Shot
at the MustPass Quiz. There is
also HW due by the start of class
for anyone who did not attend yesterday’s field trip. (See question posed in
yesterday’s calendar entry.) 

Th
5/19/05 
Optional Group Presentations. If you wish to form a group to do a group project
(2 or 3 people), please let me know with as much advance notice as possible. 

F
5/20/05 
Last day of class. 

M
5/23/05 
Final Exam, Room S, 8:00 a.m. Bring calculator, spare batteries, and several
sharpened pencils. 

Essential Links:
 College
Board: AP Statistics Course Description
 Our 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
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.
Fun Links:
 Least
squares regression game (requires Java): After the Java applet loads, click
the “?” icon in lower right corner for instructions.
 Guessing
correlation coefficients by eye
 Another
correlation game (takes longer to load, but allows you to achieve fame if
you score in the top 20 worldwide)
 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)
 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 (4/15/2005 due date):
 Please speak to me if you wish to enter the ASA (American Statistical
Association) poster or
project competition
Group Projects (1998 onward):
Exploratory Data Analysis
 Assignment (200405)
 Results (199899)
 Results (19992000)
 Results (200001)
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 new
textbook), Sept. 2000:
 Test #1
Old Test #1 (Introduction
through Section 2.2 of 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 textbook):
 Study guide
 Test #3 (merged version)
 Answer key
Test #4 (Sections 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 of old
textbook):
 Study guide
 Test #4D
 Test #4F
Test #4 (Chapters 7 and 8 of new textbook:
random variables, binomial & geometric distributions):
 Actual test, 1/29/2004
Test #5 (Sections 6.2, 6.3, 7.1 of 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 new
textbook):
 Actual test, 2/6/2002
Test #6 (Sections 7.17.3 of old
textbook):
 Practice test
 Answer key for practice test
 Test #6D, with answer key
Test #6 (Chapters 9 and 10 of new
textbook):
 Actual test, 3/7/2002
Test #7 (Sections 8.18.3 of old textbook,
plus ChiSquare GOF):
 Answer key for sample test problems
 Inclass portion
 Takehome portion
Test #8 (Section 9.1 of 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 STAT TESTS Summary
 LSRL Top Ten
 Normal vs. Binomial: What are
the hallmarks and differences? (Includes many example problems, with
solutions.)
 Formula sheet markup guide
Question of
the day: 12/15/1998
Preview of
quiz for Wednesday, 11/18/1998
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