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Activity Number: 65
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, August 9, 2015 : 4:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #315360 View Presentation
Title: Learning Statistics with R, from the Ground Up
Author(s): Xiaofei Wang*
Keywords: R ; introductory statistics ; statistical computing ; teaching

The new ASA Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs in Statistical Science lists "data manipulation and computation" as a key skill to be developed in undergraduate courses. This talk proposes strategies for building proficiency in this skill via R beyond the first course. Appropriately, many students nowadays first encounter R in introductory statistics courses. In such courses, the learning objectives are diverse, and R is often only used to perform cookie­-cutter data analyses or simple simulations. The second course provides a great opportunity for more real data experiences. Real data experiences may involve messy data, requiring any combination of scraping, cleaning, and substantial transforming; or they may involve messy problems, where approaches to analysis are not direct applications of textbook methods. This talk will provide examples of in-­class activities to demonstrate how such real data experiences using R can be successfully used to supplement the other learning objectives in a second course.

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