Applied Statistical Methods
STAT 1000

Spring 2007, Mon.Wed.Fri. 11:00 in CL 324 CRN 11513, 4 credits
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh

Instructor Dr. Nancy Pfenning
Office Cathedral 2710
Phone 624-8729 (statistics office, leave message with secretary)
  521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm)
  624-8336 (during office hours)
Office Hrs. Mon. Wed. 3:00-3:50, Thurs. 3:00-3:50 or by appt.
Stat Lab For hours of operation and names of TAs on staff, see schedule. Lab is in 435 Cathedral (take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral).
  Avoid times when the lab is reserved.
Free Tutors Contact the Academic Support Center 648-7920 or visit their website and refer to tutoring, which links to a pdf file of their walk-in tutoring hours.


  • 4/07 Here are the solutions to Practice Final
  • 4/10/2007 Practice Final available as pdf
  • Adam's office hours will be Monday, April 16 from 9 to 11 in CL 2617 His office hours for Wednesday, April 18 are canceled.
  • Friday, April 6: 10 am recitation meets in 1201 Posvar Hall (The Posvar Computing Classroom is located on the ground floor, near the escalators, next to the GSPIA Library. You'll need to walk around to the main lab entrance to get to the classroom.)
  • 4/1/2007 Practice Midterm 2 solutions now available
  • Adam has extra office hours Monday, April 2 from 6 to 8 in CL 2617 (and you may also find him in his office Tuesday afternoon before 3:45). His office hours for later in the week are canceled.
  • 2/24/2007 Practice Midterm 2 available as pdf
  • 2-19-07 Normal Practice Exercises and Solutions are available; try these and check your own work by Wednesday, February 21. [Note that the original solution to 4.(a) was incorrect and has been fixed.]
  • The midterm has been rescheduled for Friday, February 16. If you are unable to take it then, email me and arrange to take it in my office Wednesday at noon. You can also come for office hour help Wednesday 12 to 1:50.
  • The midterm has been rescheduled for Friday, February 16.
  • No office hours Wednesday, Feb. 14 or Thursday, Feb. 15; you can email me if you have questions.
  • Description

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


    11 Homeworks 202
    12 Lab Problems 48
    Best 10 of 11 Quizzes 100
    Midterm 1 150
    Midterm 2 200
    Final Exam 300
    Total 1000
    Extra Credit max 50

    Course Grade

    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"; completing extra credit assignments (specified in lecture notes) throughout the semester can help you to optimize your chances for the best possible grade. These are to be handed in to me by the following lecture; no late homeworks or extra credits will be accepted.


    Utts and Heckard: Mind on Statistics, 2nd or 3rd ed., Duxbury Press

    Lecture Notes

    Available weekly as pdf files; also available for copying in Math/Stats library 4th floor Thackeray


    • Thursday, 12:00-12:50 CL 313 [CRN 11484]
    • Thursday, 1:00-1:50 CL 230 [CRN 11483]
    • Thursday, 2:00-2:50 CL 218 [CRN 11514]
    • Friday, 10:00-10:50 CL 236 [CRN 11515]

    Instructor: Adam Sima Office Hours Wednesdays 12:00 to 12:45, Fridays 9:00 to 9:45 in CL2617

    Recitations will concentrate on the use of MINITAB (our computer package) and on the clarification and review of lecture material. All quizzes except Quiz 11 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.

    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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