STAT 5303 --- Applied Statistics II --- Spring 2008

Basic Information

Course instructor: Dr. Alex Trindade, 211 Mathematics & Statistics Building.
E-mail: alex.trindade "at"; Phone: 742-2580 x 233.
Course Meets: 10:00-10:50am MWF, in Math 016.
Office Hours: 11:00-12:00 MWF.

Text Book

Required: An Introduction to Statistical Methods and Data Analysis, 5th edition (2001), R. Lyman Ott and Michael Longnecker, Duxbury-Thomson-Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA [ISBN: 0-534-25122-6].

Also strongly recommended is the accompanying Student Solutions Manual containing solutions to selected exercises [ISBN: 0-534-37123-X].

Course Objectives and Syllabus

STAT 5302-5303 is an introductory sequence of courses for graduate students in the life, biological, agricultural, or social sciences, who have little or no background in statistics, yet who plan to use statistical techniques in their research. The emphasis is on the analysis of data. Familiarity with the material covered in STAT 5302 is assumed in STAT 5303. Primary objectives are to: Secondary objectives: provide practice in using a statistical computing package to perform the basic analyses covered; introduce a few of the many "nonparametric" alternatives to the standard "parametric" methods covered; discuss research data management to facilitate data analysis. Note that this sequence is not for mathematics, statistics, engineering, or physical science majors; these students should take STAT 5384-5385.

Lecture Notes and Syllabus

Notes are available here in ppt format for some Units. Topics without pre-prepared slides will likely be covered on the board. You'll find it helpful to augment the lecture notes by reading the appropriate sections in the book.

Grading and Other Policies


There will be 7 Assignments, each involving an extensive statistical analysis of a dataset, and subsequent writing up of the results. Your analysis should be typeset in the form of a report. More detailed instructions will be given with each Assignment. The numbering scheme parallels that of the Units in the Lecture List. Assignments and their due dates are as follows: Submit a stapled hard copy by noon, either to me in class or to the secretary in the main office.


There will be a midterm test and a comprehensive final exam.

Statistical Computing, Software, and Other Course Resources

Some of the more commonly used datasets in class examples, and tests, are available here.

This course will require extensive statistical computing work, most of which you will have to pick up on your own. Since the software package you choose to do this with is up to you, the following statistical software overview may be useful. The course text shows output from MINITAB, SAS, JMP, STATA, and SPSS. The course notes have some example code and output from MINITAB, R, SAS, and SPSS.

You should probably select a software package that you already have access to (through your home department's computing system for example) and/or will most likely end up doing research with. Failing this, if you have no prior programming experience I suggest you use MINITAB. If you are more ambitious, computer-savvy, plan on doing extensive exploratory data analysis in the future and preparing statistical plots for publication, I would encourage you to become acquainted with R; but be aware that it is a steep learning curve! Follow this link to access some of my resources on statistical computing, particularly R.

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