Basic Applied Statistics
STAT 200

Fall 2000, CRN 18360 and CRN 18339, 4 credits
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh

Group A MWF 10:00-10:50, CL 232 [CRN 18360]
Group B MWF 11:00-11:50, WWPH 1P56 [CRN 18339]
Instructor Dr. Nancy Pfenning
Office Cathedral 2632 (take elevator to 27, walk down one flight)
Phone 624-8729 (statistics office, leave message with Diane)
  521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm)
  624-5742 (during office hours)
Office Hours MWF 9:00-9:30 in office, 12:00-12:45 in front of WWPH 1P56
  additional hours by appointment
Stat Lab 435 Cathedral, for schedule see Stat Lab Hours
  (take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral)


  • 12/12/00 and 12/13/00 Final Exam scores averaged about 78%; click here for students' feedback about extra credit work
  • 11/29/00 Practice Final handed out in class; for solutions click here after Dec.8.
  • Dr. Pfenning will have extra office hours from 9:00 to 12:00 on Monday, December 11 in order to help all students prepare for the Final.
  • Angela will have extra hours in Cathedral 2712 from 12:00 to 3:00 on Monday, December 11 in order to help her students prepare for the final.
  • Andy will have extra hours in Cathedral 2617 from 9 to 12 and 1 to 4 on Tuesday, December 12 in order to help his students prepare for the final.
  • 11/8/00 Midterm 2 scores had mean 76%, standard deviation 11%; click here for solutions
  • 11/7/00 Andy's Tuesday Office Hours extended this week only; 1:00 to 3:30 in 2617
  • 11/7/00 Angela's Thursday Office Hours moved to Tuesday this week only; 11:00 to 1:00 in Cathedral 2628
  • 10/27/00 Practice Midterm 2 handed out in class; for solutions click here.
  • 10/4/00 Midterm 1 scores had mean 81%, standard deviation 15%; click here for solutions to 10:00 exam or 11:00 exam
  • 9/25/00 Practice Midterm 1 handed out in class; for solutions click here.
  • 9/11/00 Handout with Normal Practice Exercises
  • 9/6/00 Handout with Extra Credit Assignments (Optional, ongoing)
  • 9/6/00 10:00 Lecture Survey data in survey-10.xls (Microsoft Excel File)
  • 9/6/00 11:00 Lecture Survey data in survey-11.xls (Microsoft Excel File)
    download and view in MINITAB using instructions
  • 9/5/00 If you would like to have MINITAB (at least temporarily) on your PC, a fully functional 30-day demo can be downloaded from
    Thanks to student Douglas Thomas for pointing this out!
  • 8/28/00 Anonymous Survey Questions completed by class
  • 8/28/00 First handout MINITAB for Windows available in several formats.
    HTML HTML Word Word PostScript PostScript PDF PDF


This is a course for students who wish to learn basic methods in order to analyze simple studies and experiments. This course will present the basic methods of applied statistics, utilizing an easy-to-use interactive statistical computing package called MINITAB. Students will be provided with readily understandable and intuitive descriptions of statistical analyses. The topics to be covered include: basic descriptive statistics for univariate and bivariate data, very elementary probability theory, random samplings from populations and random allocation to experimental treatments, sampling distributions, concepts of confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, tests of means in one-sample, two-sample, paired-sample and standard analysis of variance contexts. Categorical data analysis will also be discussed. Most students taking this course will probably not pursue further formal undergraduate study in applied statistics.


MATH 0031 (Algebra) or equivalent. No Computer Science background is needed.


Homework (including computer assignments), quizzes, two midterms, and a comprehensive final exam.


13 Homeworks (>) 200
Best 10 of 11 Quizzes 100
2 Midterms, 200 each 400
Final Exam 300
Total 1000

Course Grade

90-100% A; 80-89% B; etc. Plusses and minuses are used for borderline cases and to ensure fairness and consistency.


D. S. Moore: Basic Practice of Statistics, 2nd ed., W. H. Freeman and Company

Lecture Notes

Available for copying in Math/Stats library 4th floor Thackeray


10am Lecture
  • Wednesday, 1:00-1:50 (CRN 18373) CL 229
  • Thursday, 11:00-11:50 (CRN 18378) CL 229
  • Thursday, 2:00-2:50 (CRN 18380) CL 236
  • Thursday, 3:00-3:50 (CRN 18365) CL 236
  • Instructor: Andy Wiesner,
  • Office Hours: Tues 2:30-3:30, Thurs 9:30-10:30 in 2617 Cathedral
11am Lecture
  • Thursday, 1:00-1:50 (CRN 18356) CL 236
  • Thursday, 2:00-2:50 (CRN 18343) CL 202
  • Thursday, 3:00-3:50 (CRN 18348) CL 202
  • Friday, 10:00-10:50 (CRN 18351) WWPH 5B56
  • Instructor: Angela Lockard,
  • Office Hours: Wed 1:00-3:00, Thu 11:00-1:00 in 435 Cathedral (Stat Lab)

Recitations will concentrate on the use of MINITAB (our computer package) and on the clarification and review of lecture material. Quizzes will be administered in recitation. In addition, individual questions, especially those pertaining to the homework assignments, may be addressed.

Note: The material in this course is cumulative in nature. Thus, it is important not to fall behind in your reading or assignments or you will find yourself lost. If you are confused, see me or your recitation instructor for help.

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