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Workshop Statistics: Discovery with Data, Fourth Edition by Beth L. Chance, Allan J. Rossman

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Annotated Contents

Preface

To the Student

Supplementary Materials

Organization of Workshop Statistics

List of Activities by Application

List of Activities Using Student-Generated Data

Photo Credits

UNIT 1 Collecting Data and Drawing Conclusions

The first unit introduces students to key ideas such as variables and variability then focuses on how the type of study conducted determines the scope of that can be drawn. This unit also emphasizes the distinction between random and random assignment.

TOPIC 1 Data and Variables

This topic begins with the definitions of variables and observational units and the distinction between quantitative and categorical variables.

TOPIC 2 Data and Distributions

This topic introduces the ideas of distribution and comparison, also presenting visual displays of data such as bar graphs and dotplots. The notion of statistical tendency is investigated, and opportunities to relate descriptions of distributions to their contexts are provided.

TOPIC 3 Drawing Conclusions from Studies

This topic presents the distinction between populations and samples, parameters and statistics, and explanatory and response variables. Biased sampling methods and confounding are also examined as impediments to generalizing results and drawing causal conclusions from statistical studies.

TOPIC 4 Random Sampling

Students discover how to select a simple random sample, the merits of such a sampling method, and the effect of sample size on precision.

TOPIC 5 Designing Experiments ...

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