Statistics 131A, Fall, 2003
and Grades |
General Information |
- 30 October
Today in class we decided to make a radical change in the syllabus
and grading for the rest of the term. I will not be lecturing on
the rest of the book, per se. Instead, I will lecture on the following
topics as a way to develop statistical approaches to real-world
targeted web advertising
psychological findings about decision making under uncertainty
dowsing and ESP
inferring cause and effect from epidemiological studies
There are now two options you can choose between for the rest of the class.
You need to pick one option by next Tuesday, 4 November:
Homework/final. You can do the online homework for the rest of
the term and take a written final.
There are about 10 problem sets you will need to do.
I will not be lecturing on the material covered in the
The (multiple choice) final will cover all the material in the online
book and problem sets.
The problem sets will be made available right away; the due
dates will be staggered over the rest of the term.
Term project. Join a group of 3-5 people in the class.
Identify a topic with statistical content. As a team,
prepare an oral presentation and a paper of about 10pp.
We will discuss topics in class and do some work in teams
in class. You need to join a group by Tuesday.
By the end of class on Tuesday, I need to know the names, SIDs and
email addresses of the team members, and who is the
group liaison. By Thursday, I need to know your tentative
topic. Potential topic areas include biology/health, business,
gambling, sports, physical sciences, information science,
psychology, and game theory. If you choose to do a group
term project, you will not need to take a written final,
and you will not need to do anymore online homework.
If you decide to take this option, it is crucial that you
attend all the lectures from now to the end of the term.
Part of lecture time will be set aside for group work and status
- 30 September
Problem set 10 in fact covers the second half of Chapter 9, so I'm leaving the
due date before the midterm. Sets 8, 9, and 10 are due Tuesday night, 7 October,
- 26 September
There was a bug in problem set 1 and an ambiguity in problem set 2.
I'll add points to the scores on both of those problem sets at the end
of the term to make sure everyone is graded fairly. The increase
to the scores will not be reflected in the online homework grade, but will
be reflected in your course grade.
Problem set 10 will be due slightly less than a week after we cover the
material (which should be Tuesday). I'm sorry for the relative rush,
but I want to cover Chapter 10 on the midterm, and so I want you to
have the homework solutions by then.
- 24 September
Problem set 5 has been repaired; it is due Thursday before midnight.
- 18 September
- Please check your enrollment status if you were waitlisted for the
Some people who were on the waiting list might not have been swept into the
class before the waiting list evaporated.
If you don't show up as enrolled (but want to be in the class),
please send me an email with your SID.
- 16 September
- Chinghway Lim's office hours have moved to 383 Evans, 10am-12pm Fridays
- My office hours have moved to the Free Speech Movement Cafe in Moffitt, right
after class Thursdays
- You should have received a couple of emails from me this term. If not,
there is a problem with the email address you have on record with CalNet---please
I am lowering the threshold for credit on homework assignments from 90% to 85%, and
increasing the number of possible attempts on each from 4 to 5.
You can submit homeworks 1, 2, & 3 once more before Sunday night.
The due dates for homework have been changed to leave time for this.
- 8 September
Lecture will be in 102 Moffitt as of Thursday, 11 September.
Check the assignments page: there are several new homeworks due.
- 3 September
The homework grading scheme has been changed to reflect "mastery-based" assessment;
please see the revised course description.
We are still waiting for a new classroom.
- 29 August
The first 14 chapters of the reader should be available this afternoon
at Copy Central on Hearst (northside)
We are still waiting for a new classroom.
I've updated the access list for the problem sets. If you were enrolled
or on the waiting list as of 10pm last night, you should be able to
access the problem sets online.
- 11 August
Welcome to Statistics 131A. I look forward to our semester together.
You must submit
Assignments -1 and 0
by 11:59pm, 7 September 2003, to keep or to add this class.
Anyone who has not submitted those assignments by then will be dropped
from the class or from the waiting list.
Access to the problem sets will be set up during the first week of class;
don't worry if your SID and email address do not let you access them yet.
The assignments should not take you very long; set -1 is about the syllabus,
and set 0 is basic arithmetic.
Use your full email address on record with UCB, and use your UCB student ID
as the password.
If you do not have an email address recorded with the university,
get one right away. To update your student records (including your email
CalNet Directory Updates.
To get a UClink email address, see
Berkeley Internet Link.