STAT 3504 is an undergruadate course focused on statistical methodology based on ranks, empirical distributions, and runs.
One and two sample tests, ANOVA, correlation, goodness of fit, rank regression, R-estimates and confidence intervals.
We will learn comparisons with classical parametric methods. There will be an emphasis on assumptions and interpretation.
It is targeted towards students who have completed (and remember the concepts from) a course in introductory statistics.
We will make extensive use of computational tools, such as the
for statistical computing, both for illustration in class and in homework problems.
- The final exam is on Saturday Dec 16, 1:05pm-3:05pm. The exam is cumulative, but will focus on the material introduced after the second exam. Some example questions (solutions) were discussed during the final class period.
- Class is canceled on Thursday Dec 7.
- The second exam was on Thursday Nov 16 (solutions). See the prep page which discusses the format, allowances and requirements, and some example questions (solutions).
- The first exam will be on Thursday Oct 12 (solutions). See the prep page which discusses the format, allowances and requirements, and some example questions (solutions).
- Class is canceled on Tuesday 3 Oct.
- Homework 1 deadline extended to 14 September, start of class.
- Office hours will be Mondays and Tuesdays 10-11am in Hutcheson 403G, or by appointment
- Lectures will primarily chalk-board based, supplemented by computing demonstration in
R. The code behind those demonstrations will be posted below. For notes you must come to class!
Supplementary examples: Mann-Whitney/Wilcoxon and Kruskall-Wallis tests, squared rank tests, Spearman's rho, Kendall's tau, linear regression, Wilcoxon signed ranks test, and several related samples.
Homework Due at the start of lecture
- Homework 1: probability and statistics review, due 14 Sept 2017
- Homework 2: binomials, quantiles and tolerance limits, due 26 Sept 2017
- Homework 3: sign tests and 2x2 contingency tables, due 10 Oct 2017
- Homework 4: rxc contingency tables, due 26 Oct 2017
- Homework 5: rank-based tests (means), due 7 Nov 2017
- Homework 6: rank-based tests (variances) and Spearman correlation, due 14 Nov 2017
- Homework 7: Kendall correlation and regression, due 5 Dec 2017
- Homework 8: matched pairs and several related samples, due 12 Dec 2017
The recommended language for this course is
which can be obtained from CRAN.
Other languages such as
MATLAB are allowed but are not recommended.
Examples in lecture, and help in office hours, etc., will be exclusively in
Below are some helpful