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ggformula: another option for teaching graphics in R to beginners

September 21, 2017
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ggformula: another option for teaching graphics in R to beginners

A previous entry (http://sas-and-r.blogspot.com/2017/07/options-for-teaching-r-to-beginners.html) describes an approach to teaching graphics in R that also “get[s] students doing powerful things quickly”, as David Robinson suggested. In t...

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ggformula: another option for teaching graphics in R to beginners

September 21, 2017
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ggformula: another option for teaching graphics in R to beginners

A previous entry (http://sas-and-r.blogspot.com/2017/07/options-for-teaching-r-to-beginners.html) describes an approach to teaching graphics in R that also “get[s] students doing powerful things quickly”, as David Robinson suggested. In t...

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Options for teaching R to beginners: a false dichotomy?

July 27, 2017
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Options for teaching R to beginners: a false dichotomy?

I've been reading David Robinson's excellent blog entry "Teach the tidyverse to beginners" (http://varianceexplained.org/r/teach-tidyverse), which argues that a tidyverse approach is the best way to teach beginners.  He summarizes two competing cu...

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Options for teaching R to beginners: a false dichotomy?

July 27, 2017
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Options for teaching R to beginners: a false dichotomy?

I've been reading David Robinson's excellent blog entry "Teach the tidyverse to beginners" (http://varianceexplained.org/r/teach-tidyverse), which argues that a tidyverse approach is the best way to teach beginners.  He summarizes two competing cu...

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thinking with data with "Modern Data Science with R"

July 26, 2017
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thinking with data with "Modern Data Science with R"

One of the biggest challenges educators face is how to teach statistical thinking integrated with data and computing skills to allow our students to fluidly think with data.  Contemporary data science requires a tight integration of knowledge...

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R and SAS in the curriculum: getting students to "think with data"

January 6, 2016
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R and SAS in the curriculum: getting students to "think with data"

We're pleased to announce that a special issue of the American Statistician on "Statistics and the Undergraduate Curriculum" (November, 2015) is available at http://amstat.tandfonline.com/toc/utas20/69/4. Johanna Hardin (Pomona College) and Nick were...

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2015.2: Did the New England Patriots experience a decrease in fumbles starting in 2007?

February 1, 2015
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2015.2: Did the New England Patriots experience a decrease in fumbles starting in 2007?

Here's a timely guest entry from Jeffrey Witmer (Oberlin College). As the “Deflate Gate” saga was unfolding, Warren Sharp analyzed “touches per fumble” for NFL teams before and after 2006, when a rule was changed so that teams playing on the r...

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Example 2014.13: Statistics doesn’t have to be so hard! Resampling in R and SAS

November 17, 2014
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Example 2014.13: Statistics doesn’t have to be so hard! Resampling in R and SAS

A recent post pointed us to a great talk that elegantly described how inferences from a trial could be analyzed with a purely resampling-based approach. The talk uses data from a paper that considered the association between beer consumption and mosqu...

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The Statistical Sleuth (second edition) in R

August 15, 2012
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The Statistical Sleuth (second edition) in R

For those of you who teach, or are interested in seeing an illustrated series of analyses, there is a new compendium of files to help describe how to fit models for the extended case studies in the Second Edition of the Statistical Sleuth: A Course in...

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Example 9.38: dynamite plots, revisited

July 16, 2012
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Example 9.38: dynamite plots, revisited

Dynamite plots are a somewhat pejorative term for a graphical display where the height of a bar indicates the mean, and the vertical line on top of it represents the standard deviation (or standard error). These displays are commonly found in many scie...

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