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STAT 2131 Sample Syllabus

STAT 2131:  Applied Statistical Methods I
Fall, 2010

Course Info.:         Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 - 10:45am
                            Cathedral of Learning 244A

Texts:                   Applied Linear Statistical Models, 5th Ed.
                                   -Kutner, Nachtsheim, Neter & Li
                            SAS for Linear Models, 4th Ed
                                   -Littell, Stroup, & Freund

Instructor:              Rob Krafty
                             Office: Cathedral of Learning 2702
                             Office Hrs: Tuesday, 3:30-4:30pm

Teaching Assistant: Ms. Shuangyan Xiong
                             Office Hrs: TBA

Course Outline
This course is the first semester of a two semester sequence in applied statistical methodology. The overall goal of the course is to gain a deep understanding of the foundations of popular methodology and in how to choose, apply, and interpret appropriate methods in practical applications. This first semester will cover linear regression and follows Chapters 1-12, and, if time permits, Chapter 13 of Kutner, Nachtsheim, Netter & Li. OLS and MLE estimation, hypothesis testing and con dence intervals, model interpretation, ANOVA, prediction, modeling building, and regression diagnostics are some of the topics that will be covered. The appropriate sections of Littell, Stroup, & Freund will also be covered and SAS will be used for data analysis. The text will be supplemented by course notes and other material to emphasize particular topics of interest.

The final grade will be computed from homework (30%), the midterm (35%), and the fi nal (35%).


  •  Homework: Homework assignments will be assigned on a regular basis. They consist of problems from the text, supplemental problems, and real case studies.
  •  Midterm: There will be one open book midterm. The date for the midterm will be announced at least two weeks before it is given.
  •  Final: The fi nal will be given during the last class (Thursday, December 9th) and will be open book.

Accommodations for Disabilities
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Disability Resources and Services, 216
William Pitt Union, (412) 648-7890 or (412) 383-7355 (TTY), as early as possible in the term. DRS will verity your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.

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