# MATH 6627 2006-07

Math 6627 Practicum in Statistical Consulting 2006-07

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"There are no routine statistical question; only questionable statistical routines." -- D.R. Cox

## News

• The class scheduled for Sept. 27 conflicts with the Statistics Canada presentation at 3 pm so the class is postponed to the following week. Instead your assignment will be to attend the presentation and find out all you can about employment with Statistics Canada.
• This course will meet every two weeks starting Wednesday, September 13.

## General Information

### Instructor

• Georges Monette, Ph.D., P.Stat. (http://www.ssc.ca/accreditation/index_e.html)
• Office hours: TBA

### Course Work

The work of the course consists primarily of consulting reports and presentations done in groups and individually. More details will be provided soon.

### Class list and teams

Class photo, names, e-mail addresses and assignment to teams can be found at http://www.math.yorku.ca/~georges/Courses/6627. Note that a userid and password are needed to access this page.

## Week 1

• The definition and role of statistics
• Statistics as a medium of expression: the power of statistics to tell a complex story: [Gapminder.org] Hans Rosling on Global Health
• Statistical consulting environments [1] (http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~cabrera/sc/w2.html)
• Interpersonal aspects of statistical consulting: Janice Derr, Statistical Consulting Video
• On writing reports: MATH 6627: Writing Reports
• On presentations: MATH 6627: Presentations
• The seven basic principles in writing about numbers: MATH 6627: Writing Reports: Seven Basic Principles

### Assignment 1:

Due: September 27, 2006

1. Your team should choose a problem from the handout and send me an e-mail message to tell me which one you wish to do. Each team will do different problems so the first to send me a message gets the first choice. Prepare a report and a 10-minute presentation.
2. Find 2 references per person on statistical consulting or the teaching of statistical consulting. Add them along with a brief annotation to MATH 6627: References.

## Some notes on Market Research

### Suggested structure for report

• cover pages
• possible executive summary -- key findings -- possibly recommendations
• Background and Objectives
• Methodology
• How were the data collected
• Response rates
• Description of key groups
• Detailed findings
• Appendices
• Copy of questionnairs
• Tables
• Brilliant analyses

## Possible Projects

• Explore and write a brief guide to 'Gapminder'. Perform an analysis using the Gapminder software.
• How to use Sweave, Rtangle to create reports.