The plan is to cover all of Fundamentals of Modern Statistical Methods: Substantially Improving Power and Accuracy by Rand R. Wilcox. Although the book isn't written at a high level, but rather seems to be aimed at introducing users of statistical techniques to critical thinking about classical statistical procedures and newer robust alternatives, I think that the subject matter is highly interesting and that the book will provide us with plenty to discuss.

This course/seminar will not be oriented around lectures. Instead, participants are expected to do the suggested reading prior to each meeting, and we'll use the meeting time to discuss the material. Also, we might perform some Monte Carlo studies to get a better feel for the performance characteristics of various methods described in the book. Students who want to receive credit for the course are expected to attend and participate regularly, and to do a major project based on some portion of the book.

We will meet in Room 101B of Science & Technology 1 on Fridays from 3 to 5 PM according to the posted schedule. The first meeting will be June 22, 2001.