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Are pupils in a school independent and identically distributed when compared to a national population?

I am interested in the way in which data are analysed in education. In England, pupils' reported test results are compared to national test results using z-tests. These results are then used to judge ...
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Is it OK to take “Analysis of Variance in Experimental Design Models” Before a Regression Course?

I am a math major starting a MS program in statistics. I have taken an undergraduate sequence in stats (basics of distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing) but never a formal course in ...
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Nested ANOVA in SPSS / Science Education

I am analyzing student performance on a pre/post test designed to assess gains for a week long high school biology curriculum on natural selection. After comparing pre/post performance using a ...
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Sum of weights in portfolio theory is not equal to 1

I'm trying to understand basic portfolio theory using R. As far as I understood, the sum of the weights of assets must be equal to 1 . But in this link, that teaches how to compute the efficient ...
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Item Response Theory alternatives

What are other approaches than Item Response Theory to model learning of students in standardised tests?
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What to learn after Casella & Berger?

I am a pure math grad student with little background in applied mathematics. Since last fall I have been taking classes on Casella & Berger's book, and I have finished hundreds (230+) of pages of ...
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Can statistics really be used in education to determine test scores?

I am a middle school teacher. My district prides itself on having the kids take 3 tests during the year to predict their score, and my teaching, on "the real test" at the end of the year. My question: ...
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How useful are per capita calculations in level of education of a population?

I had a discussion recently in which it was stated that Scotland having more universities in the top 200 per capita than any other country is a good indication of the intelligence of the population of ...
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How much does it matter if my Masters is in Stats or Math (in Stats track)

I have a choice of Master's programs in statistics, one of which is formally a program in applied statistics, the other is formally in math with an applied statistics "track". The courses in the 2 ...
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Good book for Statistical and Probability Theory [duplicate]

I have taken one introductory statistics class and am finishing up an econometrics class, but these classes are more about applications and just applying formulas without any explanations as to how ...
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Good online intro to statistics for social science?

Could anyone recommend a good intro to statistics for social science, available online? I'm looking for something book-like, but online (i.e. not primarily made of video or audio - I'd like to read ...
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Chi-square of a sample with respect to a known population's marginal distribution?

This is a question to reflect some very basic understanding of the logic of the chi-square for a planned introductory essay. [update] I've tried to improve the question with clearer examples ...
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What mathematical method should be used to evaluate a questionnaire

This is a soft-question. I am currently evaluating a questionnaire based around social media and peoples thoughts around death for my undergrad but wanted to know what methods would one use when ...
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How do I set up a single continuous independent variable for a repeated measures linear model?

I'm doing an education study and I'm trying to see the effect of website usage on quiz scores in a class of college students. There were 30 students in the class and they took 10 weekly quizzes over ...
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What statistical methods are archaic and should be omitted from textbooks? [closed]

In answering a question about a confidence interval for a binomial proportion I pointed out the fact that the normal approximation is an unreliable method that is archaic. It should not be taught as a ...
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Is it important for statisticians to learn machine learning?

Is machine learning an important subject for any statistician to become acquainted with? It seems that machine learning is statistics. Why don't statistics programs (undergraduate and graduate) ...
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Pattern recognition learning by examples

I am learning pattern recognition. But in the book I am reading there is almost exclusively a theory with few examples. Is there a special book / web site etc, with a lot of tasks covering all main ...
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Optional stopping rules not in textbooks

Stopping rules affect the relationship between P-values and the error rates associated with decisions. A recent paper by Simmons et al. 2011 coins the term researcher degrees of freedom to describe a ...
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When should one _avoid_ Bootstrapping? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are examples where a “naive bootstrap” fails? Perhaps this question will turn out to be a bit soft, but I think it may have a hard answer. Feel free to ...
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What is the correct sequence of subjects and sources need to be mastered to be a Machine Learning master?

I just started to mt MS program on Machine Learning subject. I am curious about the correct flow of the subjects have to be learnt to be proficient on ML subject. In addition can you suggest some ...
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If there was a certification exam for statisticians, what would be the syllabus?

If there was a certification exam for statisticians, what would be the syllabus, including the recommended reading material (to give an idea of the level of the exam)?
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What are good, freely available journals for keeping track of the latest developments in machine learning?

Feel free to substitute 'journals' for any other useful portal of knowledge. I am interested in keeping an eye on new developments in machine learning, with a view to practical applications. I am not ...
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Class activities/experiments to teach statistical concepts?

I intend to give a one hour lecture to teenagers about statistics. I will probably see them only once. This scenario might happen over and over. I would like to give them some activity to make them ...
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Things to consider about masters programs in statistics

It is admission season for graduate schools. I (and many students like me) am now trying to decide which statistics program to pick. What are some things those of you who work with statistics ...
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Self study vs a taught education?

There is a question with similar intent on programmers.SE. That question has some quite good answers, but the general theme seems to be that without self study, you get no-where. Obviously there are ...
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What factors make for a great stats book?

What factors make for a great statistics book? In other words, what writing styles, visualizations, explanatory methodologies, text length(!), tone, depth, etc, etc contribute to giving the audience a ...
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Introduction to structural equation modeling

I am asked by colleagues some help in this subject, that I don’t really know. They made hypotheses on the role of some latent variables in one study, and a referee asked them to formalize this in SEM. ...
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Is statistics.com class worth the money?

I'm debating taking some classes on statistics.com and was curious if anyone has taken classes there or knows any one who has or has any suggestions for good ways to learn stats/machine learning on ...
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Can you recommend a book to read before Elements of Statistical Learning?

Based on this post, http://quant.stackexchange.com/questions/111/how-can-i-go-about-applying-machine-learning-algorithms-to-stock-markets, I want to digest Elements of Statistical Learning. ...
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Why is it bad to teach students that p-values are the probability that findings are due to chance?

Can someone please offer a nice succinct explanation why it is not a good idea to teach students that a p-value is the prob(their findings are due to [random] chance). My understanding is that a ...
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List of topics for a 'quantitative reasoning' course

I am planning to develop a course which I tentatively call as 'Quantitative Reasoning'. The goal of the course is to equip a typical undergraduate student with sound quantitative reasoning skills so ...
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Suggestions for training in data visualization? [closed]

I'm a UI Designer/Developer working at a start-up with a LOT of data. I'm looking to do some training in Data Viz techniques. Anyone have suggestions for classes in NYC? Or online, if there are some ...
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Online bachelor's degree in Statistics [closed]

A person who is confined to a nursing home and is very talented at statistics/mathematics desires to earn an online bachelor's degree in statistics (or related discipline) from a good university. Do ...
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What are the pros and cons of learning about a distribution algorithmically (simulations) versus mathematically?

What are the pros and cons of learning about a distribution's properties algorithmically (via computer simulations) versus mathematically? It seems like computer simulations can be an alternative ...
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Children's statistical education in different countries?

I am interested to know what level of statistics kids are learning in different countries around the world. Could you please suggest data/links that shed light on what is happening in this regards? ...