Applied Statistical Methods
STAT 1000

Spring 2003, CRN 15058, 4 credits
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh

Time/Place MWF 11:00-11:50, CL G8
Instructor Dr. Nancy Pfenning
Office Cathedral 2710
Phone 624-8729 (stats 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


  • We are scheduling additional office hours during finals week. Dr. Pfenning: Tuesday, April 22 from 9 to 12; Hakan: Tuesday, April 22 from 12 to 3. Send email if you need help and are not free at any of these times.
  • 4/11/01 Practice Final handed out in class; here are the solutions
  • 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.
  • 3/26/03 Midterm 2 scores had mean 79%, standard deviation 16%; see solutions
  • 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.
  • 10/4/02 Midterm 1 scores had mean 80.5%, standard deviation 12.5%; solutions provided here.
  • 1/30/03 Practice Midterm 1 handed out in class; see solutions .
  • 9/11/02 Normal Practice Exercises Solutions now available
  • 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 8/9, January 15/16, March 26/27, April 16/17 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 313 or 204)
  • 1/8/03 and 1/9/03 Handout in recitation on MINITAB Basics to be used as a reference for all MINITAB work.


This course is an intensive introduction to statistical methods. It is designed for students who want to do data analysis and to study further ideas in applied statistics beyond this course. The topics covered include descriptive statistics, elementary probability, random sampling, controlled experiments, hypothesis testing, regression, and the analysis of variance. Emphasis will be placed on the statistical reasoning underlying the methods. Students will also become proficient in the use of a statistical software package, MINITAB.


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


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


10 Homeworks+10 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: Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, 4th ed., W. H. Freeman and Company, 2003.

Lecture Notes

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


  • Wednesday, 2:00-2:50 CL 313 [CRN 15064]
  • Thursday, 10:00-10:50 CL 204 [CRN 15069]
  • Thursday, 11:00-11:50 CL 204 [CRN 14663]
  • Thursday, 12:00-12:50 CL 204 [CRN 14668]
  • Instructor: Hakan Gogtas
  • Office Hours: 2504 Cathedral (take elevator to 27, walk down 2 flights), Wed. 1:00-2:00, Thurs. 1:00-3:00; phone 624-8314

Recitations will concentrate on the use of MINITAB (our computer package) and on the clarification and review of lecture material. Quizzes will generally 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.

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

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