Basic Applied Statistics
STAT 200

Spring 2001, CRN 18715 and CRN 19253, 4 credits
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh

Group A MWF 10:00-10:50, Benedum 525 [CRN 18715]
Group B MWF 12:00-12:50, WWPH 1P56 [CRN 19253]
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, 11:15-11:45 outside WWPH 1P56
  additional hours by appointment
Stat Lab 435 Cathedral, for schedule see Stat Lab Hours
  (take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral)


  • Additional Office Hours for Finals Week
    • Dr. Pfenning will be in Monday, April 23 and Friday, April 27 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    • Jenny will see students on Friday, April 27 from 11:00 to 1:00
    • Ahmet will see students on Thursday, April 26 from 11:00 to 1:00
    • Jenny's office hours TBA
  • 4/11/01 Practice Final handed out in class; here are the solutions
  • 3/26/01 Midterm 2 scores had mean 73%, standard deviation 13%; see solutions
  • 3/16/01 Practice Midterm 2 handed out in class; for solutions click here.
  • 1/17/01 Inference Examples Solutions now available
  • 2/12/01 Midterm 1 scores had mean 79%, standard deviation 11%; solutions to 10:00 exam or 12:00 exam provided here.
  • 2/2/01 Practice Midterm 1 handed out in class; see solutions .
  • 1/17/01 Normal Practice Exercises Solutions now available
  • 1/15/01 Handout with Normal Practice Exercises
  • 1/10/01 Handout with Extra Credit Assignments (Optional, ongoing)
  • 1/10/01 10:00 Lecture Survey data in 10Survey.xls (Microsoft Excel File)
  • 1/10/01 12:00 Lecture Survey data in 12Survey.xls (Microsoft Excel File)
    download and view in MINITAB using instructions
  • 1/3/01 Anonymous Survey Questions completed by class
  • 1/3/01 If you would like to have MINITAB (at least temporarily) on your PC, a fully functional 30-day demo can be downloaded from
  • 1/3/01 Handout on MINITAB Basics to be used as a reference for all MINITAB homework
  • Description

    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 Comp. Sci. background needed.


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


    12 Homeworks (>) 200
    Best 10 of 12 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


    10:00 Lecture
    • Wednesday, 12:00-12:50 CL 306
    • Thursday, 11:00-11:50 CL 219
    • Thursday, 12:00-12:50 CL 219
    • Thursday, 1:00-1:50 CL 219
    • Instructor: Jianhua Zhu
    • Office Hours: WWPH 2L23 Wed.2:30-3:30, Thurs.3:00-4:00
    12:00 Lecture
    • Thursday, 10:00-10:50 WWPH 5S56
    • Thursday, 2:00-2:50 WWPH 5J53
    • Thursday, 3:00-3:50 WWPH 5J53
    • Thursday, 4:00-4:50 WWPH 5T51
    • Instructor: Sonya Brady,
    • Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00-2:00 in 201-A Bellefield Towers
    • Thursday, 2:00-2:50 CL 129
    • Instructor: Ahmet Sezer,
    • Office Hours: Thursday 11:00-1:00 in Cathedral 2617

    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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