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"Portrait of the 1996 Electrorate"
From "the New York Times on the web". We have put the data from
the article here in a form more convenient
for importing into a statistical package.

1994 Baseball Salaries
A good example to show the difference between the mean and the median.

Historical stock prices
Historical stock prices are available at Yahoo.
This page lets you look up ticker symbols. With these in hand you
can use their Research Tools links to obtain historical quotes. The
Dow data goes from Oct 1, 1928 to the present, S&P from Jan 3, 1950
to the present and Nasdaq from Oct 11, 1984 to the present. The ticker
symbols for these are: ^DJI, ^SPC, and ^IXIC, respectively. Note that
at the bottom of the results page you can elect to download your data
in spreadsheet format. Here's what we got on January 30, 2002 for
the Dow, S&P
and Nasdaq.
It is interesting to record whether the average went up or down
and see if tests for streaks can show that it is not simple random
walk with a drift. You can also check the random walk hypthesis by
plotting 100*(ln(p(t+1)ln(p(t))/d(t) where p(t) is the price at time
t and d(t) is the number of days between time t and t+1.

Quarterback Rating Data
Data provided by Roger Johnson relating to a standard method for
rating quarterbacks. The variables that are used for the rating are
known but the formula used is not and it is an interesting exercise
to try to determine it by regression and check it with current quarterbacks.

Oklahoma City media forcasts
Data used by Harold Brooks in his paper Verification
of public weather forecases for Oklahoma City.

The data used in the article: "A Statistical Analysis of Hitting
Streaks in Baseball, "Journal of American Statistical Association,
Vol 88, No 424, pp 11751189, 1988. The data provides 26 bits of information
on the situation and outcome for each time at bat for a large number
of players in both the American and National league during the time
period 19871990. It is compressed using zip for the PC but on the
Mac you can unzip the files using, for example, Stuffit Delux.

CEO Golf and Stock Data
Data from New York Times (31 May 1998, Section 3, p 1) reporting
correlation between CEO's golf handicaps and performance of their
companies' stock. Reviewed in
Chance News 7.06.

Distribution of birthdays in U.S. in 1978
This data gives the distribution of birthdays for births in the
U.S. in 1978. It was used by Professor Geoffrey Berresford in his
article: "The uniformity assumption in the birthday problem, Math.
Mag. 53 1980, no. 5, 286288." If you plot a times series of the data
you will have a nice example of periodic data.

Darts vs. The Experts
The Wall Street Journal has a continuing contest between the darts
and the experts. As of this time, Nov. 23, 1998, they have had 101
overlapping six month contests. A new contest is started every month.
This data gives the percent gain for the average of the experts, the
darts, and the Dow.

Since 1990, the United Nations has provided this report. As described on the site: "Here you can access data from the Human Development Report (HDR) and resources to help you better understand these data. You will also find helpful information about the human development index and other indices, links to other background materials, data resources and ongoing debates and discussions on human development statistics."

