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Oliver A. Will
STAT 220
Seattle Campus

Basic Statistics

Objectives and pitfalls of statistical studies. Structure of data sets, histograms, means, and standard deviations. Correlation and regression. Probability, binomial and normal. Interpretation of estimates, confidence intervals, and significance tests. (Students may receive credit for only one of STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311, and ECON 311.) Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This course is a non-mathematical introduction to the basic ideas and methods of statistics. You will learn about the numerical and graphical description of data, correlation and regression, sampling, and inference. The purpose of these statistical methods is to help us give informed answers to important questions. Does the new drug work better than the old one? Do high levels of animal fat in the diet cause certain types of cancer? Does watching too much television cause a decline in children's reading skills? Are state lottery games fair? To answer questions like these, we need more than opinions: we need data and a consistent way of analyzing that data. That is what statistics is all about. I

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This will be a traditional lecture course.

Recommended preparation

None except the desire to work hard.

The required text for this course is Statistics by Freedman, Pisani, and Purves. 3rd Edition. New York: W. W. Norton and Co., Inc. 1998

Class assignments and grading

The homeworks for the most part will consist of problem sets from the text book. Be warned that this might not always be the case.

20% of your grade is based on homework, 20% on quizzes, 20% on the midterm, and 40% on the final.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Oliver A. Will
Date: 09/23/2002