課程概述 |
This is a course in experimental design and data analysis. Computer simulations will be used to understand the concepts of various statistical tests, but no prior experience in programming is required. The experimental design part of the course will use a textbook (see below). The main theme of the data analysis part of the course is the maximum likelihood method although other approaches are also discussed.
The computer language R (http://www.r-project.org/) will be used.
**Expectations**
Ask questions, in or out of class, when you don’t understand something. If you are confused, you are probably not the only one.
Assignments will be given nearly every week. Students must work on assignments on their own. Understanding a provided solution and deriving it by yourself are not the same (especially for programming). To discourage students from copying assignments (which has been very common in past years), assignments are not graded. Even if students have the perfect assignments (i.e., 100% if graded), the assignments have no influence on their grades. Nonetheless, successful completions of assignments are essential for the successful completion of the course. Students are encouraged to seek out the instructor for help when they have troubles completing assignments.
**Grading**
Exam 1 40%
Exam 2 60% (cumulative)
**Bonus points**
Bonus points will be calculated based mainly on attendance and participation (e.g., asking questions). Two absences or four tardinesses will result in 0 bonus points (a tardiness over 20 min is regarded as an absence). Poor class participation (e.g., playing with a cell phone/computer, sleeping, etc.) is considered an absence. Even when a student has a valid reason for an absence, it is considered as an absence because attendance only affects bonus points. The maximum possible bonus points are 10% (to final % grade), but undergraduate student whose grades are less than 60% (final grade without bonus points) can get at most 60% (final grade with bonus points). Graduate student whose grades are less than 70% (final grade without bonus points) can get at most 70% (final grade with bonus points).
**Schedule**
The schedule (shown in the content section of this website) is subject to change. |