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# [PROPOSAL] DDO Statistics Summer Camp

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7/7/2016 4:27:41 PM Posted: 7 months ago DDO loves throwing around statistics and arguing over them. Conflicts can sometimes arise when members don't agree on how a particular stat is to be interpreted, how much it can be trusted, or what implications it has. In response to this, I suggest a DDO Statistics Camp.
Each week, we'll write up a short article on a particular aspect of statistics and how it can be applied to discussions and debates that DDO users are passionate about. I suggest dividing this into several modules, roughly arranged as follows: Module I: Probability Week 1: Frequentist and Bayesian interpretations of probability, probability axioms, relationship between probability and statistics, odds and odds ratio, relative risk, the Gambler's fallacy. Week 2: Conditional probability, independence, Bayes' theorem, the confusion of the inverse, the prosecutor's fallacy, the defence attorney's fallacy, sensitivity and specificity. Module II: Variables Week 3: Levels of measurement, the random variable, probability distributions, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, skewness and kurtosis, outliers, presentation of data Week 4: Major probability distributions and densities: The Bernoulli, binomial, Poisson, hypergeometric, exponential and normal distributions Module III: Inference Week 5: Random sampling, sampling methods, non-probability sampling and its problems, sampling distributions: the chi-square, Student's t and F-distributions Week 6: Point estimation: minimum-variance unbiased estimator, Cramer-Rao lower bound and Fisher information; interval estimation: confidence intervals based on the Z-, chi-square and Student's t-distributions Week 7: The Neyman-Pearson paradigm of hypothesis testing: Null and alternative hypotheses, test statistic, rejection region, p-value, statistical significance vs. practical significance. Module IV: Relationships Week 8: One-sample and two-sample tests, randomisation methods, observational experiments, confounding variables. Week 9: Pearson and Spearman correlation coefficients, simple linear regression, linear trend model, chi-square goodness-of-fit test, contingency tables, chi-square test for homogeneity, more on confounding variables: Simpson's paradox. Although we will cover the mathematical concepts associated with statistics, we'll skip the gritty details for members who dislike maths. Notable omissions (that would normally be covered in a college introductory course in statistics) include: -Mathematical details of pmfs, pdfs, cdfs and mgfs -Functions of random variables -Proofs -Finding point estimators If possible, we could licence the final product under a CC-BY-SA licence and publish it somewhere else, as well. If you are interested in reading the articles or writing for the Camp, please leave a comment below. We'll need enough members who are willing to devote the time to write, as well as a strong enough demand. Other comments or suggestions are always appreciated as well. :) Soo... anyone with me? :P The thing is, I hate relativism. I hate relativism more than I hate everything else, excepting, maybe, fibreglass powerboats... What it overlooks, to put it briefly and crudely, is the fixed structure of human nature. - Jerry Fodor Don't be a stat cynic: http://www.debate.org... Response to conservative views on deforestation: http://www.debate.org... Topics I'd like to debate (not debating ATM): http://tinyurl.com... |

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7/8/2016 2:08:29 AM Posted: 7 months ago At 7/7/2016 4:27:41 PM, Diqiucun_Cunmin wrote: I will read them. Definitely. I dunno if I'm good enough at stats to write though. "Delete your fvcking sig" -1hard "primal man had the habit, when he came into contact with fire, of satisfying the infantile desire connected with it, by putting it out with a stream of his urine... Putting out the fire by micturating was therefore a kind of sexual act with a male, an enjoyment of sexual potency in a homosexual competition." |