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Activity Number: 170
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 1, 2016 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #321105 View Presentation
Title: Incorporating Big Data into an Introductory Statistics Course
Author(s): Paul Stephenson* and Laura Kapitula
Companies: Grand Valley State University and Grand Valley State University
Keywords: Statistics education ; Big data ; Exploratory data analysis ; Visualization

Given the emerging presence of extremely large frames of data, the authors believe it is important to provide introductory statistics students with a tractable experience to some of the issues associated with analyzing big data. More specifically, the authors are interested in providing the students with exposure to data which (1) roughly represents population data, (2) must be rate adjusted for interpretation, (3) contains anomalies and outliers resulting from coding issues, and (4) includes a spatial component which could be visualized using a map. In this presentation the authors will discuss how federal government data on fatal accidents can be used to engage students and offer students a realistic big data experience. We will demonstrate materials that can be infused into a first or second introductory statistics course.

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