SI 544 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis


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Readings, assignments, etc. will be posted to the course ctools website

problem sets

software tools for the class

other resources

Lada Adamic


Winter 2008:

Lectures will be
Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 9:00 to 10:30 am.
On Thursdays we will usually meet in 409 West Hall, on Tuesdays we will be at the DIAD lab.

Office hours:
Mon 4-5pm

Tues/Thurs 10:30-11:00am



Assignments and grading :

  • ~ 9 problem sets (25%) (lowest score will be dropped)
  • article review (5%)
  • midterm (20%)
  • final (25%)
  • mini-project (20%)
  • in-class & cTools participation (5%)

Problem sets are typically due Tuesdays before class (9:00 am) and should be submitted either electronically via cTools.
All work, including code, plots, etc. must be included in a single PDF file.

Late policy: Assignments may be submitted up to 2 days after they are due (e.g. Thursday at midnight if the assignment was due on Tuesday) and suffer a 10% penalty. No late assignments will be accepted past this point.

Assignments & exams

PS 1 due 1/15 Descriptive statistics with R
PS 2 due 1/22 Probability and discrete distributions
PS 3 due 1/29 Discrete and continuous distributions
PS 4 due 2/5 Experiments and observations
PS 5 due 2/12 Inference, outliers
PS 6 due 2/19 t-tests
2/21 midterm
3/4 project progress report
PS 7 due 3/11 Simple linear regression and correlation
due 3/18 article review
PS 8 due 3/25 Analysis of variance
PS 9 due 4/1 Tabular data
due 4/8 project final report
due 4/18 take-home final