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Teaching StatisticsA Bag of Tricks$
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Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198785699

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198785699.001.0001

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Statistical inference

Statistical inference

(p.134) 9 Statistical inference
Teaching Statistics

Andrew Gelman

Deborah Nolan

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a very successful demonstration that illustrates many of the general principles of statistical inference, including estimation, bias, and the concept of the sampling distribution. Students each take a “random” sample of different size candies, weigh them, and estimate the total weight of all candies. Then various demonstrations and examples are presented that take the students on the transition from probability to hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and more advanced concepts such as statistical power and multiple comparisons. These activities include use an inflatable globe, short-term memory test, first digits of street addresses, and simulated student IQs.

Keywords:   Candy weighing, data dredging, estimation, goodness of fit, hypothesis testing, inflatable globe, sampling distribution, teaching statistics

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