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Robin Lock at St. Lawrence University maintains an extensive collection
of links for teaching statistics. For an overview of his collection and
talks that he has given relating to this collection go to his homepage.
Robin's 1999 talk at Monroe Community College provides links to helpful
sites broken down into categories as follows:
- CHANCE Magazine
is jointly published by the American Statistical Association and Springer-Verlag.
CHANCE Magazine is a "Scientific American" of probability and
statistics. It features articles that showcase the use of statistical
methods and ideas in the social, biological, physical, and medical sciences.
It also has the regular columns: Book reviews, Windows on Washington,
Visual revelations, Statistics and computing, Puzzle corner, Problem couner
and A statistician reads the newspaper.
- Another good source of links related to statistics education is provided
Juha Puranen at
the University of Helsinki.
- Andrew Gelman is a professor in the Departments of Statistics and Political
Science at Columbia University and he maintains an excellent Blog:
Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
- Another interesting blog is Bill's
Blog.:This blog is maintained by Bill Finzer, Fathom developer. Finzer finds data related to everday experiences such as life expectancy, traffic, and
noise and analyses the data using the Fathom software.
- David Harris maintains a web set Planetqhe.
He writes:Planetqhe is primarily written for International Baccalaureate
students but can be used in any high school math class, especially those
involving project work or coursework. There are over 30 probability activities
based on questions; answers are deliberately left out. That's why planetqhe
stands for Probabilistic Learning Activities; Question, Hypothesis, Experiment.David
sells chance-inspired goods at his cafepress.com
store to help support his website
Probability Web The Probability Web was conceived by Phil Pollett
at the University of Queensland, who maintained it from October 1995
to February 2001. It is now being maintained by Bob
Dobrow at Carleton College..This is the best best place to find
probability news and resources
probability course links. Some links we think might be useful in
teaching an introductory probability course.
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.
Counting? This is a column written by John Paulos for ABC news.
His column appears the first day of each month and is often on a probability
or statistical topic. Archives of earlier columns are also available
LessonPlan This site 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.
a Risk A
course taught by Linda Thiel at Ursinus College based on current
issues in the news related to risks.
- Robert Griffin at Marquette University teaches a graduate seminar
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
on-line 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 real-money futures market where contract payoffs
will be determined by theoutcome of major elections.
- Jim Morrow homepage:
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
- 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
- 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, p-values and power
and to assess the students' understanding before and after using these
- The Artist Website This
web site provides a variety of assessment resources for teaching first
courses in Statistics. Currently we provide articles and weblinks related
to assessing student outcomes. In the near future, this site will contain
assessment items and tasks, provide online testing, offer guidelines
for using the assessment items and tasks, and allow for the collection
and compilation of data for research and evaluation purposes.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Stat Labs:
Mathematical Statistics through applications Stat Lab integrates
the theory of statistics with the practice of statistics through a collection
of case studies, which we call labs. Each lab introduces a problem,
provides some scientific background, suggests investigations for the
data, and provides a summary of the theory used in the investigations.
HQ Resource Directory. This web site has a lot of information about
mathematics quite generally. Of course this includes probability and
for the History of Statistics. This website is maintained by the
Department of Mathematics at the Unoversity of York. Of paticular interest
is their" Life and Works of Statisticians". Here you will
find many of the works of early statisticians inclluding De Moivre's
proof of the Central Limit Theorem and The first probability book: Huygens'
"The Value of Chances in Games of Fortune" and much more.