Statistical methods will review exploratory data analysis and basic inferential statistics. We will then cover linear and multilinear regression, analysis of variance and logistic regression. During the course, students will be expected to use modern statistical software to write detailed analysis of real world statistical data.
The schedule below is tentative, and may be subject to change. Changes will be announced in class, and you are responsible for knowing about any changes even if you miss the class when they are announced.
Week | Dates | Topic | Homework |
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1 | Jan 18 - Jan 20 | Intro to R, course overview | |
2 | Jan 23 - Jan 27 | Working with categorical variables | Project 1 |
3 | Jan 30 - Feb 3 | Working with quantitative variables | Project 2 |
4 | Feb 6 - Feb 10 | Nonparametric tests & bootstrapping | Project 3 |
5 | Feb 13 - Feb 17 | Comparing two proportions, Midterm 1 | |
6 | Feb 20 - Feb 24 | Permutation tests, relative risk & odds ratios | Project 4 |
7 | Feb 27 - Mar 3 | Comparing quantitative data | Project 5 |
8 | Mar 6 - Mar 10 | Chi-squared distribution | Project 6 |
9 | Mar 20 - Mar 24 | Linear regression, Midterm 2 | |
10 | Mar 27 - Mar 31 | Inference for linear regression | Project 7 |
11 | Apr 3 - Apr 7 | Multiple regression | |
12 | Apr 10 - Apr 14 | One-way ANOVA | |
13 | Apr 17 - Apr 21 | Two-way ANOVA Midterm 3 | |
14 | Apr 24 - Apr 28 | Logistic regression | |
15 | May 1 | Review |
Attendance in this class is required. Repeated absences may result in a forced withdrawal from the course. You are responsible for any material you miss due to absence. Please let me know ahead of time if you know that you will not be able to attend class.
The term grade will be based on the following factors.
Component | Proportion |
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Homework | 50% |
Midterms | 30% |
Final Exam | 20% |
I will assign homework projects most weeks. These projects will require the use of the R programming language. You are allowed to work together on the homework, but your final submissions must be your own work.
Homework solutions will be graded on a holistic 4 point scale, with a 4 roughly corresponding to an A, 3 to a B, 2 to a C, 1 to a D, and 0 to an F.
Here are the criteria that will be used to judge problems.
There will be three midterm examinations during the semester. The exams will focus more on the concepts covered in class, than on performing detailed calculations, although some calculations may be required.
There will be a cumulative final exam. It will include questions similar to the ones on the midterms.
In compliance with the Hampden-Sydney College policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be recommended for students with disabilities. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made at the beginning of the semester (except for unusual circumstances) so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Students are required to contact the Office of Academic Success in order to verify their eligibility for appropriate accommodations. How does this look?