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]
StatTutor (compatible with Internet Explorer, but not Netscape) used in 10:00 lecture StatTutor
Group B MWF 12:00-12:50, CL G24 [CRN 15019]
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 Hrs. Thursdays 9:00-12:00 or by appt.
Stat Lab 435 Cathedral, for hours of operation and names of TAs on staff, see schedule
  but avoid times when the lab is reserved
  (take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral)
Free Tutoring Contact the Academic Support Center 648-7920 or visit their website and refer to Math Assistance


  • 4/11/01 Practice Final handed out in class; here are the solutions
  • Additional Office Hours during finals week: Dr. Pfenning: Tuesday, April 22nd from 9 to 12 and Friday, April 25 from 9 to 12; Angela: Tuesday, April 22 from 12 to 3 in CL 2712; Jenny: Friday, April 25 from 12 to 3 in WWPH 2L23
  • 11/08/02 Midterm 2 scores had mean 76%, standard deviation 14%; see solutions
  • Angela will see any of my Stat 200 students (who have questions in preparing for the midterm) Thursday from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Commons Room of the Cathedral.
  • 3/19/03 Practice Midterm 2 handed out in class; see solutions .
  • Solutions to inference review questions (on 6.1-6.2) are provided here.
  • 2/19/03 Midterm 1 scores had mean 82%, standard deviation 13%; solutions provided here.
  • 2-16-03 Because the university is closed Monday, February 17, homework that was due Monday will be accepted Wednesday, February 19 in lecture. If you have a Monday recitation, please try to attend one of the Tuesday recitations (at 9, 10, 11, 12, 1, or 2 in CL 204) to make up the quiz. Otherwise make it up in Angela's, Jenny's, or Dr. Pfenning's office hours this week. If none of these is possible, please email one of us to make other arrangements.
  • 2/5/03 Practice Midterm 1 handed out in class; see solutions .
  • 1/22/03 Normal Practice Exercises Solutions now available
  • Current Survey data: surveyspring03.txt, a tab-delimited text file;
  • To download it into MINITAB, type ctrl A to highlight, ctrl C to copy, start up MINITAB, type ctrl V to paste it. If it asks about delimiters, click OK.
  • 1/6/03 Anonymous Survey Questions completed by class
  • 1/6/03 If you would like to have MINITAB on your PC, a fully functional demo can be downloaded from BUT it will only run for 30 days, so consider waiting until later in the semester!
  • All recitations on the following dates: January 6/7, January 13/14, February 10/11, March 31/April 1, April 14/15 will be held in the Stat Lab 435 CL (enter on Bigelow side of Cathedral, take steps up to 4th floor. Otherwise recitations will meet in the assigned classroom (CL 236 or 204)
  • 1/6/03 and 1/7/03 Handout in recitation on MINITAB Basics to be used as a reference for all MINITAB work.


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+12 Lab Problems (>) 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 236 [CRN 14962] Instructor: Angela
  • Tuesday, 9:00-9:50 CL 204 [CRN 14967] Instructor: Jenny
  • Tuesday, 10:00-10:50 CL 204 [CRN 14972] Instructor: Jenny
  • Tuesday, 11:00-11:50 CL 204 [CRN 14977] Instructor: Angela
12:00 Lecture
  • Monday, 3:00-3:50 CL 236 [CRN 15022] Instructor: Angela
  • Tuesday, 12:00-12:50 CL 204 [CRN 15027] Instructor: Jenny
  • Tuesday, 1:00-1:50 CL 204 [CRN 25412] Instructor: Jenny
  • Tuesday, 2:00-2:50 CL 204 [CRN 15030] Instructor: Angela

Instructors: Angela Lockhard Office Hours: 4211 Sennott Tuesdays 3:30 to 6:30; (phone 412-624-4298 during office hours only) and Jenny Zhu Office Hours 2L23 WWPH Mon. 11:00-12:00, Thurs. 1:00-3:00

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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