Honors Applied Statistical Methods
STAT 1000

Fall 2013, Mon.Wed.Fri. 12:00 in CL 313 CRN 12977, 4 credits [recitations CRN 12978 in CL 313 or CL 435]
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh

Instructor Dr. Nancy Pfenning
Office Cathedral 2710
Website www.pitt.edu/~nancyp/stat-1000/index.html
E-mail nancypfenning@gmail.com
  412-521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm)
  412-624-8336 (during office hours)
Office Hrs. Thurs. 10:00-11:45 or by appt.
Stat Lab 435 CL (take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral). For hours of operation and names of TAs on staff, see schedule but avoid times when it's been reserved (scroll down to their calendar).
Course Assistant Alison Laessig AAL38@pitt.edu Office Hours Thurs 1:00-1:30 in CL 435 (Stat Lab)
Tutors Contact the Academic Resource Center 648-7920 for free tutoring by undergrads or visit their website.


  • GOALS test
  • Your mom is so bad at statistics...jokes contributed by class members
  • December 2013 Practice Final available; see solutions
  • Link to number sense activity
  • Try all the problems in the Practice 2nd midterm (handed out in class) by Friday, November 15th; see solutions .
  • Try all the problems in Practice Midterm 1 by Friday, October 4th; see solutions .
  • Seminars still available for sign-up as of October 27: #24, 28, 29(b), 30-32, 34-36.
  • Lab Problems 1 to 4 (done together in Stat Lab for 15 pts.), 5 to 8 (done together in Stat Lab for 15 pts. and may be presented as seminars), 9 to 12 (done independently and handed in for 20 pts.)
  • Monday, October 14 is Fall Break and no classes meet that day. Instead, all Monday classes are shifted to Tuesday, October 15 and classes for Tuesday are cancelled that week.
  • Blank Homework Forms (to be printed if you didn't pick one up in class)
  • Seminar Topics
  • Powerpoint Lecture Slides
  • Practice Quizzes and Solutions
  • Student Survey data: Fall2012StudentSurveyData.txt a tab-delimited text file, is now available;
  • normal populations (n=1000, n=150, n=100) for activity on sampling without replacement
  • 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.
  • MINITAB is available on the PCs at all campus computing labs, such as Cathedral, Forbes Quad, Benedum, and of course the Stat Lab. If in addition you would like to have MINITAB on your PC, Pitt's Software Download Service offers MINITAB for free. Alternatively, a free fully functional demo can be downloaded from www.minitab.com BUT it will only run for 30 days, so consider waiting until later in the semester!
  • Recitations on the following dates: Aug 29, Oct.10, Oct.17, Oct.24, Nov.14, Nov.21, Dec. 2, Dec. 5 will be held in the Stat Lab 435 CL (enter on Bigelow side of Cathedral, take steps up to 4th floor) or may move to the Stat Lab after meeting in the regular classroom, if any of the day's seminars involve PowerPoint.
  • Handout in recitation on MINITAB 16 Basics to be used as a reference for all MINITAB work.
  • Description

    This course is an intensive introduction to statistical methods which stresses the development of critical thinking skills and increased awareness of how these methods are applied in a variety of disciplines. It is designed for students who want to do data analysis and to study further ideas in applied statistics beyond this course. Students are encouraged to investigate applications in their own major or areas of personal interest. The topics covered include descriptive statistics, elementary probability, random sampling, controlled experiments, hypothesis testing, regression, chi-square, and the analysis of variance. In addition, students will be exposed to more advanced topics in modern statistical practice. Emphasis will be placed on the statistical reasoning underlying the methods. Students will also become proficient at the use of a statistical software package, MINITAB.


    Mandatory for all recitations. Up to 3 absences tolerated for lectures.


    MATH 0031 (Algebra) or equivalent. No Comp. Sci. background needed.


    Homework assignments , computer lab problems, quizzes, two midterms, and a comprehensive final exam.


    13 Homeworks 300
    12 Lab (Software) Problems 50
    2 Seminar Presentations 30
    Seminar Questions/Comments 20
    Midterm 1 150
    Midterm 2 150
    Final Exam 300
    Total 1000

    Course Grade

    Note that for seminars involving the discussion of a news story or journal article (1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35) all students must write up at least 2 questions/comments per article(s), which they have read in advance. They should refer to those questions/comments during discussion, then turn them in for credit at the end of class.
    90-100% A; 80-89% B; etc. Plusses are assigned to the students at the top of each grade range and minuses to the students at the bottom. None of us can know in advance if an individual student will be a "borderline case"; doing your best throughout the semester can help you to optimize your chances for the best possible grade.


    Pfenning Elementary Statistics: Looking at the Big Picture (c)2011 Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, sold royalty-free at the University of Pittsburgh Book Center. Do not order the Instructor's Edition online. If you'd like to consult other statistics books for reference, ask me in office hours. A calculator (any kind) is needed.


    • Thursday, 12:00-12:50 CL 313 or CL 435
    Recitations will be used for seminar-style presentations featuring either applications of statistical methods in current media or research reports or student-led activities to aid in understanding principles of sampling and random behavior. Sign up with me in class.

    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 our course assistant for help.

    Note to Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Disability Resources and Services, 216 WPU (412) 648-7890, as early as possible in the term. DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course. See their website www.drs.pitt.edu

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