# MATH 6627 2006-07

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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

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## 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.

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## General Information

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### Instructor

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

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### Text and references

- No text but we will build up a set of references: MATH 6627: References.

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### 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.

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### 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.

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## 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

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### Assignment 1:

Due: September 27, 2006

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- 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.
- 3. What is the definition of statistics? Post your answer on your team's page.

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### Team Hox

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### Team Jaynes

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### Team Jeffreys

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## Week 2

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## Week 3

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## Week 4

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## Week 5

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## Week 6

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## Week 7

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## Week 8

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## Week 9

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## Week 10

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### Team Moser

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### Team Pearson

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### Team Quetelet

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## Week 11

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## Week 12

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### Team Rao

http://wiki.math.yorku.ca/images/8/86/Plot.pdf

http://addictedtor.free.fr/graphiques/allgraph.php

http://wiki.math.yorku.ca/images/7/77/Rgallery.pdf

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### Team Robbins

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### Team Savage

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## Week 13

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## Some notes on Market Research

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### Suggested structure for report

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

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## Final Project

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### Team Shewhart

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### Team Snedecor

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## 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.

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## Interesting Links

- Rod Little on English style in scientific papers: http://sitemaker.umich.edu/rlittle/files/styletips.pdf
- Audio and slides of Workshop on Current Issues in the Analysis of Incomplete Longitudinal Data (October 13-15, 2005)at the Fields Institute: http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/audio/#CMM
- UBC web page for its consulting course http://www.stat.ubc.ca/Courses/Details/course.php?course=65
- Hugh Chipman's introduction to R http://ace.acadiau.ca/math/scc/workshops_2005/R-class.html
- Statistical Consulting at Acadia http://ace.acadiau.ca/math/m4233/m4233.htm
- Constructionism and Reductionism: Two Approaches to Problem-Solving and Their Implications for Reform of Statistics and Mathematics Curricula http://www.amstat.org/publications/jse/secure/v7n2/lazaridis.cfm