Based on conceptual illustrations, quantitative problems, and
critical discussion of the scientific literature, we will take a
practical approach to the introduction of basic methods in
statistical analysis and inference as applied across the
the conclusion of the semester, students should be able to:
Location and Time: PLS
1111, MWF 10:00a-10:50a. Occasionally we may meet W at CHM1215,
and these meetings will be announced by email and in class at
least the preceding Monday. Rules for use of CHM 1215
(Geology Senior Computing Room):
Reading and course materials:
top (weeks of 9/7-10/10; 10/24-11/21)
Assignments and Assessment
(subject to revision)
Related Policies (from the Office of Student
Information about your University-wide rights and responsibilities, including information on:
A single downloadable pdf of course related policies from the Office of Student Affairs is available here.
(subject to revision)
|Jump to week of:
and Overview (your ideas, my slides), pre-course
assessment (Mon); Introduction to Programming and
Matlab/Octave (Weds); the
scientific method and statistics (Fri).
||MD10, Ch 1,2; DIT matlab tutorial and elements of coding practice; Dietz (1961); Lehrer (2010).||PS1 due Friday
9/2 at beginning of class. An exemplary student
response is here.
|Sept 7 (no class Sept 5th)||Collecting, Describing and Displaying Data (Weds); Ethics in Science (Fri).||MD10,
Ch. 3,5: discussion questions are here. For GEOL 651
participants: Walter et
||PS2 due Friday
9/9; my code;
Add/drop deadline, 9/12
|Experimental Design (Mon/Weds/Fri)
Ch. 4: discussion questions are here. For GEOL 651
et al (2011)
||PS3 due Friday
9/16; exemplary response.
||Probability and Inference: Theory and
Ch. 6,7: discussion questions are here. For GEOL 651
Li et al. (2007)
|PS4 due Friday
9/23; my code;
||MD10, Ch 8,9; Evans (2008);
discussion questions are here.
||PS5 due Friday
9/30; my code;
Rosh Hashanah, 10/2-10/4
of Variance (Mon/Weds/Fri)
||MD10, Ch 10-11; Appleton and Miles (2010); discussion questions are here.||PS6 due Friday
10/7; my code;
Yom Kippur, 10/11-10/12
|Linear regression and
|| MD10, Ch. 15-16; Evans et al.
(1999); discussion questions are here.
||PS7 due Friday
10/14; my code;
question 3c results figure;
||Review (Mon); Midterm exam (Weds);
midterm discussion (Fri) and
mid-semester course evaluation (Fri)
||Discussion questions are here. Review lecture
notes, problem sets, and readings to date. Practice
midterm is here.
||my practice midterm solutions;
my midterm solutions;
|Oct 24||Error propagation (Mon/Weds/Fri)
with Mathias Trachsel; mid-semester evaluation
response by email.
||Taylor Ch 3 (1982); Kleine et al (2002); discussion questions are here.||PS8 due Friday
10/28; my solution
notes for question 1; my code for
question 3; Mathias's q3 code for dependent errors;
||Non-parametric statistics (Mon/Weds(revised)/Fri) matlab code for
reproducing the additional KW test example shown in
Friday notes is here.
||MD10, Ch. 17-19; Yang et al (2009); discussion questions are here.||PS9 due Friday
11/4; my code;
||Multivariate analysis (Mon(revised)/Weds/Fri)
matlab code for reproducing the 2-D example illustrated in
these notes is here.
||MD10, Ch. 20; Blondes et
al (2008); discussion focus questions are here.
Friday 11/11; my
code; exemplary response.
|| Sequence analysis (Mon/Weds/Fri)
||MD10, Ch. 21; Gillet et
al (2010); discussion focus questions are here.
Friday 11/18; my
code; exemplary response.
Thanksgiving recess, 11/23-27
|Statistical prediction (Mon)
||Lecture notes; discussion focus questions are here.||PS12 due Mon 11/28; my code;
UMD Course evaluation system is open Dec 1 - Dec 13
|Independent projects, Part I:
introduction, consultations and help (Mon/Weds/Fri); note: Weds class meeting is
unstructured, but is time available for you to meet with
the instructor for help on choosing your independent
study dataset and analysis/inference approach.
||Course syllabus; MD10 and
assigned readings to date. See also Ch 23, "Choosing
||PS13 due Fri
12/2; exemplary response.
||Independent projects, Part II: help (Mon/Weds); Project presentations (Fri). Note: Mon and Weds class time are available for you to meet individually with the instructor for help executing or interpreting your original analysis results.||background reading for your
||PS14 due Fri
12/9; exemplary responses.
Dec 12 - last day of classes
|Semester summary (Mon); take-home final exam
assigned; exam wrap-up (Tues).
Office hours to be held Mon and Weds as usual this week.
|Review all course
materials; also see MD10, Ch. 23
||Take-home final exam
assigned Mon, Dec 12th; due in class as hard copy Tues,
Dec 20, 9a; suggested
solutions; exemplary responses.
[note to self: to make time for term projects, removed Spatial Analysis (MD10, Ch 22; Sheppard et al 2007; PS13 from the syllabus; nonlinear analysis (PS14; from my notes and Huang and Turcotte 1990). Students may want to study that material OYO - please see me if you are interested.]