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Teaching statistics to social scientists

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0014
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

This chapter provides advice on how to teach applied regression and multilevel models to students from a broad set of fields, especially the social sciences. These students typically want to fit and ... More


Introduction

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

This introduction to Teaching Statistics describes how an instructor might use this book, the general philosophy behind incorporating demonstrations, examples, and projects into a course, and what ... More


How to do it

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0012
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

In this chapter, we give some tips on how to prepare your own activities and how to adapt an activity you have read or heard about to your particular class. Included are topics on how to multi-task ... More


A course in statistical communication and graphics

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0016
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

This chapter describes a course on statistical communication. Originally developed for training statistics graduate students as instructors, the course now is popular with students in other fields ... More


Statistical thinking in a data science course

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0021
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

In this chapter, we describe the philosophy, goals, syllabus, and activities for a course that we have developed in data science course. In this course we integrate topics from computing, statistics, ... More


Statistics diaries

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0015
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

Personal diaries typically contain many of the most important things in our lives. These are private reflections, and it can be hard to write down these things even to ourselves, let alone to share ... More


Descriptive statistics

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0003
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

Descriptive statistics is the typical starting point for a statistics course, and it can be tricky to teach because the material is more difficult than it first appears. The activities in this ... More


Directed projects in a mathematical statistics course

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0020
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

In this chapter we present a model for using case studies for the core of an undergraduate theoretical statistics course. These case studies have more depth than most examples found in typical ... More


Structuring an introductory statistics course

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0013
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

The demonstrations and examples in this book are presented as separate modules so that the reader can easily use any subset of them. This chapter illustrates how we integrate our demonstrations and ... More


Statistical literacy and the news media

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0007
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

An important theme in an introductory statistics course is the connection between statistics and the outside world. Described in this chapter are assignments that can be useful in getting students to ... More


Decision theory and Bayesian statistics

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0017
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

This chapter outlines some of our more effective demonstrations for teaching decision theory and Bayesian statistics. Our contribution here is in the tricks used to involve students; the ideas behind ... More


Statistical graphics

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0004
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

A statistical graph can offer an alternative compelling approach to teaching statistical thinking, but making good statistical graphs is hard to do. Each step in the process (e.g., change in scale, ... More


Data collection

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0006
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

One way students learn about data collection is actually to collect some data. This teaches some of the principles of experimental design and sampling and also gives the students a feel for the ... More


Lying with statistics

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0011
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

We prefer the term “statistical communication,” but the phrase “how to lie with statistics” is a good hook to get students thinking about the issues involved. We try throughout to dampen the natural ... More


First week of class

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0002
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

This chapter contains many examples of what to do in the first week of class to break the ice and get students talking and thinking about statistics. These illustrate concepts of data collection and ... More


Probability

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0008
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

This chapter contains many classroom activities and demonstrations to help students understand basic probability calculations, including conditional probability and Bayes rule. Many of the activities ... More


Student activities in survey sampling

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0018
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

This chapter outlines some of our more effective demonstrations for teaching sampling. Part I of this book contains many activities related to sampling that we also use in our more advanced courses ... More


Problems and projects in probability

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0019
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

When probability is taught as a separate unit, not as part of a statistics course, then it makes sense to include exercises and examples that are motivated from mathematics rather than from ... More


Linear regression and correlation

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0005
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

This chapter addresses the descriptive treatment of linear regression with a single predictor: straight-line fitting, interpretation of the regression line and standard deviation, the confusing ... More


Multiple regression and nonlinear models

Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

in Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198785699
eISBN:
9780191827518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785699.003.0010
Subject:
Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

This chapter covers multiple regression and links statistical inference to general topics such as lurking variables that arose earlier. Many examples can be used to illustrate multiple regression, ... More


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