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Teaching Introductory Data Analysis through Modeling,
presented by Daniel Kaplan, Macalester College, Sunday,
January 4, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This hands-on workshop
intended for teachers of introductory statistics in colleges
and universities will present a new way of teaching introductory
data analysis that gives a central role to modeling techniques.
Modeling provides a strong unifying framework for statistics
and at the same time ties statistics closely to the scientific
method and the demands of realistic multi-variable data. The
workshop will introduce the ways in which models can be used
for description, the interpretation of models in terms of
association, change, and partial change (that is, change in
one variable while holding others constant). In place of the
usual matrix-based theory of linear models, the workshop will
present a geometrical approach to theory that is accessible
to introductory students and fully illuminates important ideas
in data analysis: fitting, confounding and Simpson's paradox,
correlation and collinearity. Inference is introduced using
resampling and simulation, from which it is straightforward
to transition to a general framework for inference, analysis
of covariance. Computation (using the free package R) will
feature prominently in hands-on activities; participants should
bring laptop computers if possible. Participants do not need
to have previous experience with R or with statistical modeling.
Our students can learn it and so can you!
There is no registration fee for this workshop. Note that
it will be held the day before the Joint Mathematics
Meetings actually begin in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
Workshop materials and lunch during the workshop will be provided.
Workshop participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops.
Workshop participants are responsible for their own transportation
and lodging. Be sure to register for
the JMM and book your hotel rooms
early. Enrollment is limited to 40. For registration and
additional details go to http://www.causeweb.org/workshop/modeling_jmm09/.