MBA/MIB 5315: Statistical Methods for Management Decisions

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Final Examination/Project 99: is a common class project, and is due 5/9/05, 5:30-8:00 p.m., at our normal class location. It is considered smart to work in groups (up to N=3); the write-up must include all the names of your group members.

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Test 2: Covers chapters 5-11 (+other?): Scheduled for May 2, 2005, in class. A movement is underway to move this to Wednesday, 5/4...Sample test is here ; and solutions are here, and are also posted on Blackboard, along with ADDITIONAL SAMPLE TEST 2'S. Key to Test II: Uhh, here's Test 2

Solutions to HW 8-9: Are posted here, to aid you in studying for the exam

Test 1: Covers chapters 1-5 and 13 (Regression): It has been rescueduled to March 16, in class. A review will be conducted Sunday, 3/13 at 1300, and in class Monday. Sample test is available on Blackboard, or HERE.
Key to Test I:

2/11/05: Boxplots!  Instructions for the Rice Student Boxplot Solution, with sample spreadsheet.

Homework is assigned (for those who thought I wouldn't do it...)

1/17/05: Text of MLK's Speech (I have a dream), August 28, 1963. King photos. Assasination official story; another version from "what really happened". Current status.

WELCOME Dr. Ivany!


Homework Assignments

Homework 0 (optional): Assigned 1/19/04, due Monday 1/24/05 (in class) - "Statistics in the News - Estimation of Shredded Documents," good for 1 point on final course grade.   Problem: Using this 12/23/04 news story as your source for data, estimate the equivalent building size needed to store the destroyed documents. I.e., the overall building FOOTPRINT DIMENSION and NUMBER OF FLOORS. Use a building with which we are familiar, e.g., Wleder Hall, the Eiffle Tower, etc. Try to keep it simple (convert everything to linear meters, use rectangular buildings, etc.)   To receive credit, your analysis must: (1) summarize the data for each department; (2) state your assumptions, with an explanation for the data presentation technique you chose; (3) Draw a floorplan layout to validate your claim; (4) paper must be NO MORE THAN 2 PAGES!

Homework 1: Assigned 2/11, due 2/23
Chapter 1: 1.61, 1.62, 1.63, 1.64, 1.65

Homework 2: Assigned 2/11, due 2/23
Chapter 2: 2.51, 2.53, 2.57, 2.61, 2.62

Homework 3: Assigned 2/11, due 2/23
Chapter 3: 3.61, 3.62, 3.69, 3.70, 3.78

Homework Regression.1: Assigned 2/11, due 2/23
Chapter 13: Case 13B, Continental Trucking (p. 548)

Homework 4: Assigned 3/8, due 3/14
Chapter 4: 56, 58, 63, 67, 70, 75, 78

Homework 5: Assigned 3/23, due 3/30
Chapter 5: 84, 97, 105, 106, 115, 116

Homework 6: Assigned 4/6, due 4/13
Chapter 6: 13, 18, 21, 28

Homework 7: Assigned 4/6, due 4/13
Chapter 7: 65, 67, 70, 78, 80

Homework 8: Assigned 4/13, due 4/20
Chapter 8: 58, 59, 61, 64, 66, 75

Homework 9: Assigned 4/13, due 4/20
Chapter 9: 43, 44, 50, 51, 57


Lecture Notes

Scratch Pad
Chapter 1  The Where, Why, and How of Data Collection
Chapter 2  Graphs, Charts, and Tables Describing Your Data
Chapter 3  Describing Data Using Numerical Measures
Chapter 4  Using Probability and Probability Distributions
Chapter 5  Discrete and Continuous Probability Distributions
Chapter 6  Introduction to Sampling Distributions
Chapter 7  Estimating Population Values
Chapter 8  Introduction to Hypothesis Testing
Chapter 9  Estimation and Hypothesis Testing for Two Population Parameters
Chapter 10  Hypothesis Tests for One and Two Population Variances
Chapter 11  Analysis of Variance
Chapter 12  Goodness-of-Fit Tests and Contingency Analysis
Chapter 13  Introduction to Linear Regression and Correlation Analysis
Chapter 14  Multiple Regression Analysis and Model Building
Chapter 15  Analyzing and Forecasting Time-Series Data
Chapter 16  Introduction to Nonparametric Statistics
Chapter 17  Introduction to Quality and Statistical Process Control
Chapter 18  Introduction to Decision Analysis (On CD-ROM)

Final Project

Due: Last day of finals

TBD for graduating seniors

TBD for non-graduating students

Within this project you must demonstrate five different aspects of a statistical study. The project should be 5-10 pages in length. You may use either an observational study or a designed experiment. I must approve your topic of research before you begin.

Approval deadline: TBD

1. Pose a question that you can answer with data (which must be approved by me).

2. Explain how you will select the data or design the experiment to gather the data. Provide your rationale for the choices.

3. Include your data (in an appendix) and provide an appropriate graphical display. The descriptive methods you use should relate to the research question you have chosen to answer.

4. Perform some statistical inference on your data and provide reasoning for your choice of methods. You should summarize your findings, relating them to your research question.

5. Summarize what you have done in layman's terms, so that a person without any statistical knowledge would understand your findings and how you obtained them.

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