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Links from Chance News
Chance and Data in the News is a
collection of chance newspaper articles from the Australian newspaper Hobart Mercury. These are
grouped according to the five topics: Data Collection and Sampling, Data Representation, Chance and Basic Probability, Data
Reduction and Inference. Each topic starts with general questions for articles related to this topic. In addition, each article
has specific questions pertaining to it and reference to related articles.
John Paulos' writes a column entitled "Who's Counting?" for ABC News online.
John's column appears the first day of each month.
The Daily LessonPlan
provides math lessons based on the day's news, written by Alison Zimbalist of the
New York Times Learning Network, and Lorin Driggs, of The Bank Street College of Education in New York City. The
lessons are based on articles in the New York Times and the text of the related articles is available.
Linda Thiel at Ursinus College
teaches a course
called Life's a Risk
that is based on current issues in the news related to risks.
Robert Griffin
at Marquette University teaches a graduate seminar called
Quantitative
Research Methods in Communication.
His site has many interesting examples, including some based on our Chance materials.
Philip Stark at the University of California Berkeley is writing
an online text "Statistical Tools for Internet and
Classroom Instruction
with a Graphical User Interface" which he has used in teaching Berkeley's introductory course
Statistics 2. Prof. Stark also testifies for chance issues in the courts.
You will find, for example, at his homepage papers,
talks and testimony relating to sampling issues in the Census.
The IEM Presidential Election Market.This is a
realmoney futures market where contract payoffs will
be determined by theoutcome of major elections.
At the homepage of Jim Morrow
you will find here a nice discussion of Malthus and population growth
and also mathematical models. These came from his experience teaching
the Mount Holyoke College Quantitative Reasoning course.
Harold Brooks does research on weather forecasting and teaches
a course on weather verification. See also his evaluation of
five different weather predictions sources in Oklahoma City
for which the data is provided.
Tools for Teaching and Assessing Statistical Inference
by Joan Garfield, Robert C delMas, and Beth Chance.
This is an NSF project to construct modules based on simulations to help students understand basic statistical concepts
such as: sampling distribution, confidence intervals, pvalues and power and to assess the students' understanding before
and after using these tools.
Probability Surprises by Susan Holmes. This is an NSF project to create a collection of
modules that surprise and engage students  the 'Gotcha!' of probability" It
includes Applets to simulate the the birthday problem, the coupon problem, matching
problems, a tree problem, and an experiment to see if you can tell the difference between a Bernoulli trial sequence and a
dependent sequence.
A curmudgeon teaches statistics.This web site is
maintained by John Marden who teaches statistics at the University of Illinois. Marden keeps a daily diary of his
thoughts on teaching statistics with emphasis on his Stats 100 course. The day we looked Marden discussed an
esp experiment he did in class. You can click on his calander to see his
thoughts on previous days.
The Statistical Education Research Newsletter is a new publication of the International Association for Statistical Education
(IASE). The newsletter includes summaries of recent research papers, books, dissertations, bibliographies on specific topics, information
about recent and future conferences, and interesting internet resources. It also includes short research papers.
Elliot A. Tanis at Hope College
Here you will find several papers by Tanis on the use of Maple in teaching
probability and statistics courses. These papers include the programs used.
Particularly interesting is the 1999 paper "Using MAPLE V Release 5 To Find the p.d.f.'s of Sums of
Random Variables." These are the natural tools to illustrate the Central Limit Theorem.
STATS
is a resource
for science writers and also publishes a free monthly electronic
newsletter "Vital STATS which
critiques newspaper articles that abuse statistics. This
newsletter is archived on their site and STATS also provides a
printed version of the newsletter available free to science
writers, and to others for $25 a year.
You can learn more about STATS by reading a
profile
in the Baltimore Sun.

