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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- 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.
- Georges Monette, Ph.D., P.Stat. (http://www.ssc.ca/accreditation/index_e.html)
- Office hours: TBA
Text and references
- No text but we will build up a set of references: MATH 6627: References.
- 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.
- 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  (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
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.
- 3. What is the definition of statistics? Post your answer on your team's page.
Some notes on Market Research
Suggested structure for report
- cover pages
- possible executive summary -- key findings -- possibly recommendations
- Table of contents
- Background and Objectives
- How were the data collected
- Response rates
- Description of key groups
- Detailed findings
- Copy of questionnairs
- Brilliant analyses
- Explore and write a brief guide to 'Gapminder'. Perform an analysis using the Gapminder software.
- How to use Sweave, Rtangle to create reports.
- 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