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STAT 2040 - Statistics I S,F,W (3-2) [0.50]

A course stressing the practical methods of Statistics. Topics include: descriptive statistics; univariate models such as binomial, Poisson, uniform and normal; central limit theorem; expected value; the t, F and chi-square models; point and interval estimation; hypothesis testing methods up to two-sample data; simple regression and correlation; ANOVA for CRD and RCBD. Assignments will deal with real data from the natural sciences. Laboratory sessions involve statistical computing and visualization using appropriate statistical software.


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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : July 26, 2012

Is the textbook recommended by the student? No
Did the student enjoy the professor? Yes

Professor : Dr. Balka

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This class isn't so bad. However, not the greatest for strictly visual learners as he sometimes skips over a lot of steps. Lots of practice questions are made available, and he is quick to respond to questions (online and in person). The videos that he provides are also pretty funny (and helpful), too. If you do go see him, make sure you've tried to do the questions. He can can be a little impatient with people at times, but overall he is really friendly. Just do your work, don't talk in class, and turn off your cell phone. He's auditory, and annoying sounds when he's lecturing piss him off (understandably!). Midterms are fair, quizzes, and expectations are all fair.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : June 17, 2012

Is the textbook recommended by the student? No
Did the student enjoy the professor? Yes

Professor : Balka

Comment :
Extremely easy course with Balka. You don't need to go to lecture at all. He posts a course textbook and if you just read through them you should be able to get all the information you need. Extremely easy course. Definitely nothing to fear.
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Posted By : Alicia
Posted On : November 8, 2011

Is the textbook recommended by the student? Yes
Did the student enjoy the professor? Yes

Professor : Gary Umphrey

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This course is a challenge. Dr Umphrey did his best trying to make it as easy as possible, but for some reason, very few people managed to do well and found the course easy. You get cribsheets for the midterms, you get access to the past midterms, he always extends the due dates for the assessments (which are online Courselink quizzes based on problem sets he assigns each week), and there's the helproom and lab times. But I for some reason, never felt like I understood the material well enough. Had it not been for the crib sheet, I would have failed the midterm. I got a 73 only because some of the questions on the exam were variants of questions from past midterms that I had written onto my crib sheet. Umphrey is very sweet and even though his writing is hard to read when he works out solutions on the document camera, he really does care abotu students and makes class funny. I don't blame him for the difficulty of the course. I just think the material itself is so bland, and it's hard to explain in just a 50 minute lecture time. The mathematical aspect isn't difficult-it's knowing when to apply what formula/distribution type, and actually understanding the word problems. Regardless of the prof you have, this will be a pain in the butt, so it's best to get a tutor.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : April 19, 2011

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I feel like I'm the only one who didn't particularly enjoy Balka. His voice is irritating, and makes it seem like he's much too busy with other things than to care about students. He even missed an entire scheduled review session. Content-wise, the material isn't overly difficult to understand. Lectures aren't exactly mandatory (if you have Balka) since he posts the full notes online. Assignments are mainly based on the full notes. It's not that bad, but frig does Balka annoy me.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : March 25, 2011

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Jeremy Balka is amazing. He makes lectures hilarious but is also very good at what he does so he makes all of the concepts easy to learn. The assignments are not hard and there is a lot of help offered. You can also approach him in his office for help and he is very willing to go over material or assignment questions. Term tests are very similar to the examples he provides and very similar to the assignments. Great course.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : March 25, 2011

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Had Umphrey for this course. Can't say I got much out of the lectures and his notes are not posted. He does however give you a lot of resources for midterms/finals with tons of old tests and a huge bank of questions/solutions for you to work on (highly reccomended). Assignments were easy for the most part. The textbook is garbage, completely useless. Do not waste your money. you need it for assignments and such so just use it from the library or borrow it from a friend. Don't fall behind or you'll be up until the early hours of the morning studying for the final.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : March 5, 2011

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I took this course with Umphrey, and I really did not like it. The Material wasn't very difficult, but the course covers so many topics so superficially its difficult to really 'get' anything. The next course STAT*2050 is much better. Also, the textbook that they suggest you buy for this course is garbage, I would NOT buy it and recommend you just take it out from the library to do assigned questions and look for help elsewhere (such as the Math Stat help room, which has many helpful TAs)
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : November 30, -0001

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If you dedicate the time to it .. it is NOT hard. The material is not that difficult, but there is a lot of it so you have to take the time to really understand it but a lot of it is similar to data management in high school.. If you can take it in the summer definitely do that! I actually really enjoyed the class.
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