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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

While traditional statistics courses teach students to calculate intervals and test for binomial proportions using a normal or t approximation, this method does not always work well. Agresti and Coull ("Approximate is better than "exact' for interval ...

We've been more sensitive to accounting for multiple comparisons recently, in part due to work that Nick and colleagues published on the topic. In this entry, we consider results from a randomized trial (Kypri et al., 2009) to reduce problem drinking ...

A recent exchange on the R-sig-teaching list featured a discussion of how best to teach new students R. The initial post included an exercise to write a function, that given a n, will draw n rows of a triangle made up of "*", noting that for a beginne...