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

Lada Adamic

Tracy Liu


Winter 2010:

Lectures will be
Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 8:30 to 10:00 am.
Location WH 311

Discussion section Thursdays 6:30-7:30 WH409

Office hours:
Lada: Mon 11am-12pm & Fri 1:30-2:30pm in WH3082
Tracy: Tues 10-11am WH417A
Thurs 7:30-8:30 WH409



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 Mondays at 5:00 pm and should be submitted 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 48 hours after they are due (e.g. Wednesday at 5pm if the assignment was due on Monday at 5pm) and suffer a 10% penalty. No late assignments will be accepted past this point.

Assignments & exams

PS 1 due 1/18 Descriptive statistics with R
PS 2 due 1/26 Probability and discrete distributions
PS 3 due 2/1 Discrete and continuous distributions
PS 4 due 2/8 Experiments and observations
PS 5 due 2/15 Inference, outliers
2/22 form group and select topic
PS 6 due 2/22 t-tests
2/28 midterm
PS 7 due 3/15 Simple linear regression and correlation
due 3/17 project progress report
due 3/22 article review
PS 8 due 3/29 Analysis of variance
PS 9 due 4/5 Tabular data
due 4/13 project final report
due 4/23 take-home final due