SI 544 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
 Resources SI 544 home cTools Readings, assignments, etc. will be posted to the course ctools website problem sets software tools for the class other resources instructor: Lada Adamic

 Schedule 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

SI 544 project

You will be working in groups, and will share the same grade with your group members. This project will account for 20 points of your final grade.

The idea is to collect some data and analyze it. You can collect new data (e.g. conduct a survey or an experiment) or get a hold of a previously collected data set (e.g. web server logs, data from a previous study). The hypothesis you test should not have been examined before with regard to that particular data set.

Past projects have included showing that basketball players with a history of arrests for violent offences score more often per minuteof play, correlating temperatures and beer consumption in Ann Arbor, etc.

## project timeline

due date
points

turn in on 2/22
2
select a project topic and formulate the question you will answer with the data
2/19-3/17

collect a preliminary set of data

3/17
3
submit a progress report including
• 1 page explaining your question and a description of how you are collecting the data
• a copy of a sample of your preliminary data
3/19-4/14
• collect data
• perform the data analysis
4/13
10

submit a project report including

• a plot or a group of plots on a single page showing the most important features of your data
• a summary statistic answering the question you were posing
• a discussion of your results, including possible sources of bias, hidden variables, etc.
• if your results were not statistically significant, estimate how large of a data sample you would have needed to get significant results
4/13 &4/15
5
15 min project presentation