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STA 100 Lecture Notes Week 1 Professor Melcon

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STA 100 Lecture Notes Week 1 Professor Melcon STAT 100

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Statistics 100 Lecture notes for week 1 with Professor Melcon. These notes are 4 pages long.
Applied Stat for Bio Sci
E. Melcon
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Vocabulary, Statistics, review




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Date Created: 09/26/16
STAT 100 Dr. Melcon Fall 2016 This class uses Canvas. <> Homework will be through canvas, due on Wednesdays. We also use Piazza as a forum/discussion site. We will also do programming through a program named R. Dr. Melcon’s Office Hours are Monday and Tuesday. Grade breakdown: Homework 15% Exams (2) 20% each exam Project 10% Final exam 35% Lecture 1 Statistic​ Science of analyzing data. There are 3 branches: 1) Summary/visualization - Trends 2) Inferential - Data for predictions of unknown quantities. 3) Probability Theory - study of probability / theory. Categorical Data​: data that is naturally labels or categories. Example Disease status (yes or no) Gender Hair Color Military rank Types of categorical variables: 1) Nominal Categories - naturally do not have ranking or order 2) Ordinal Categories - naturally having a natural or not forced ranking Nominal Ordinal Hair Color Grades Eye Color Military Rank Numerical Data:​ data that is numbers. Types​: 1) Discreet - natural gaps between the numbers or data. Example Number of __________ (arms, eyes, outbreaks) ***This can only be whole number values. 2) Continuous - where data can be ANY value between two numbers (or in an interval) Example Height (smallest infant compared to the tallest adult) Subject​: General term. Can be a person, place, or thing that data is being measured from. * Population - all subjects of interest, usually VERY large. Not used often (constantly changing, too big, too many variables, impractical [money and time]. ** However, populations can be defined as a smaller group. Sample:​ A subject of the population or a subset of subjects. What makes a good sample? *Conclusions are only as good as your data. ● Similarity ● Representative: Similar characteristics of populations ● Relevant ● Random: random sample (a simple random sample) each subject has the same chance of being selected. **This reduces bias. To draw inference on the population, we need these for a good sample. Variable​: something that changes from subject to subject. Random Variables:​ variable with a random component. Example Hair color, Class grade **Notation - Y : This represents all possible values of the thing of interest. ** y :is the i-th observed value of Y. Example Y = all possible heights A yi = 67 inches (Dr. Melcon’s height) How do we get data? I) ​Experiments​: where you keep or want all subjects to have the same characteristics and manipulate groups. (**This is very rare and difficult to do) Example 20 plants at the same temperature, same water amount is given. However, 10 plants get a fertilizer, 10 plants get nothing (control). Pros​ Can sometimes conclude causation Cons​: Expensive; Can’t use on humans because they differ by default. II) ​Observational Studies:​ Subjects are put into groups, possibly manipulated, but there are confounding variables. ​ **​ onfounding variable: anything that affects the outcome of our subject that we can’t control. Example Surveys: Subjects respond to questions and self record. Pros​ fast, cheap, wider reach, easier Cons:​ Bias, lies, not representative Lecture 2 Need to download the program R. Find at ​ Download the program for your computer’s requirements. Reducing Bias​: Can make the following groups in addition to the treatment group: 1) Control Group​: Observations are recorded, subjects are not manipulated 2) Placebo Group​: Subjects are give non-reactive treatment 3) Nocebo Effect:​ Subjects have an adverse reaction a nonreactive treatment 4) Sham Group: ​ An invasive procedure is done, but treatment is not Example Getting an IV, but no drug Blinding Studies: 1) Single Blinding​: Either the subject or researcher does not know their group. 2) Double Blinding​: both the subject and researcher do not know the groups. In statistics, we want to estimate unknown parameters. *A problem with drawing conclusions from a single sample is that there is sampling variation. Sampling Variation​: Because every sample is different and random, the results are as well.


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