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
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.