Basic Applied Statistics
STAT 200

Spring 2003, CRN 14607(10:00) or 15019(12:00) 4 credits
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh

Group A MWF 10:00-10:50, Cathedral 332 [CRN 14607]
Group B MWF 12:00-12:50, CL G24 [CRN 15091]
Instructor Dr. Nancy Pfenning
Office Cathedral 2710
Phone 624-8729 (statistics office, leave message with Diane)
  521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm)
  624-8336 (during office hours)
Office Hours Thursdays 9:00-12:00
  additional hours by appointment
Stat Lab 435 Cathedral, for schedule see Stat Lab Hours
  (take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral)
Free Tutoring Contact Mike Giazzoni at the Learning Skills Center 648-7925 or visit their website


  • 4/23/02 Final Exam scores averaged about 82%, with a standard deviation of 12%; course average was also about 82%.
  • Survey data from end of the semester now available: surveys02b.txt, a tab-delimited text file; see instructions.
  • 4/11/01 Practice Final handed out in class; here are the solutions
  • 12:00 Lecture's Final Exam at 2:00 on April 25th is moved from 332 CL down the hall to 324 CL.
  • Dr. Pfenning will hold extra office hours Monday, April 22 from 8:30 to 10:30 and Thursday, April 25 from 11:30 to 1:30.
  • Angela will see students on Sunday, April 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Cathedral Commons Room (1st floor)
  • Melissa will see students on Monday, April 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 in CL 2617
  • Kim will see students on Wednesday, April 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 in CL 435 (Stat Lab)
  • Jenny will see students on Friday, April 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 in WWPH 2L23
  • 3/29/02 Midterm 2 scores had mean 70%, standard deviation 14%; see solutions
  • 3/22/02 Practice Midterm 2 handed out in class; see solutions .
  • Jenny's Thursday Office Hours have been changed from 12-1 to 4-5 for the rest of the semester
  • Office hours Thursday, March 14th from 9 to 11 are cancelled. Please see one of the TAs for help, or send me email. There will be no lecture on Wednesday, March 13. Please go over the Lecture 23 notes, which consist of 14 practice problems covering 6.2 and to a lesser extent 6.1. After trying all the problems yourself, check the solutions.
  • Recitations Monday April 1 through Thursday April 4 will be held in the Stat Lab so that TAs can help students get started on Student Data Problems 7 through 10. These will be due Friday, April 5 instead of Monday, April 1. The rest of the homework is still due Monday, April 1.
  • 2/12/01 Midterm 1 scores had mean 81%, standard deviation 12%; solutions provided here.
  • Melissa's Monday 3:00 recitation has been moved from Cathedral 229 to Cathedral 221
  • 2/6/02 Practice Midterm 1 handed out in class; see solutions .
  • 1/17/02 Normal Practice Exercises Solutions now available
  • Jenny Zhu's office hours changed to Mon. and Wed. 12:50-1:50, Thurs. 11:50-12:50
  • Survey data from current year now available: surveys02.txt, a tab-delimited text file; see instructions.
  • No classes Monday, January 21 for Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday; those of you who have Monday recitations should take QUIZ 1 by attending one of the other 3 recitations (for your lecture) which meet Tuesday, Jan. 22 in CL 306 (10:00 lecture) or BENDM 522 (12:00 lecture)
  • 1/7/02 Anonymous Survey Questions completed by class
  • 1/7/02 If you would like to have MINITAB (at least temporarily) on your PC, a fully functional (30 days only!) demo can be downloaded from
  • All recitations first two weeks of class will be held in the Stat Lab 435 CL (enter on Bigelow side of Cathedral, take steps up to 4th floor
  • 1/7/02 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.


    11 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

    Handed out weekly in class; also available for copying in Math/Stats library 4th floor Thackeray


    10:00 Lecture
    • Monday, 2:00-2:50 CL 306
    • Tuesday, 9:00-9:50 CL 306
    • Tuesday, 10:00-10:50 CL 306
    • Tuesday, 11:00-11:50 CL 306
    • Instructor: Angela Lockhard
    • Office Hours: Thursdays 11:00-2:00 in Langley 252 (phone 624-1387)
    12:00 Lecture
    • Monday, 3:00-3:50 CL 229
    • Tuesday, 12:00-12:50 BENDM 522
    • Tuesday, 1:00-1:50 BENDM 522
    • Instructor: Melissa Ziegler
    • Office Hours: Wed.2:30-3:30 and Thurs. 1:00-2:00 in Cathedral 2617 (take the elevator to 27 and walk down one flight), Thurs.12:00-1:00 in Cathedral 435.
    • Tuesday, 2:00-2:50 BENDM 522
    • Instructor: Jeongeum Kim
    • Office Hours: in Stat Lab 435 CL: see Jeongeum's hours in the schedule
    2:00 Lecture
    • Wednesday, 4:00-4:50 CL 202
    • Thursday, 1:00-1:50 WWPH 5T51
    • Thursday, 2:00-2:50 WWPH 5T51
    • Thursday, 3:00-3:50 WWPH 5T51
    • Instructor: Jenny Zhu
    • Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:50 to 1:50; Thursdays 4:00 to 5:00 in WWPH 2L23

    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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