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Abstract Details

Activity Number: 310
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #307685
Title: Some Thoughts on an Introductory Statistics Course
Author(s): Andrew Neath*+
Companies: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Address: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Edwardsville, IL, 62025, USA
Keywords: significance testing ; confidence intervals

In this talk, we discuss how some definitions which are required learning for many introductory statistics students actually hold true only in a narrow sense. We focus on how the fallacy of the transposed conditional leads to mistakes in confidence interval interpretation and in the use of significance testing as a decision making tool.

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