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Activity Number: 104 - Communicating Teaching Through Peer-Reviewed Publication
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2019 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences
Abstract #300419 Presentation
Title: Writing Statistics Tutorials for Biologists
Author(s): Martin Krzywinski and Naomi S Altman*
Companies: Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre and Pennsylvania State University
Keywords: biostatistics; scientific writing

In 2013 Nature Methods ,a journal for biologists, biotechnologists and bioinformaticians, started a regularly featured column Points of Significance about statistical methods as part of the Nature Publishing initiative on reproducible research. Each article is at most 2000 words and 3 figures and covers a single topic -- as basic as t-tests or Bayes Theorem or as complex as the use of ensemble methods such as random forest. The challenge of maintaining statistical rigor without excessive mathematical detail is met by focusing each article on graphics that illustrate the most important lessons. With over 40 articles now available, we are working on enhancing their utility for teaching by adding insightful discussion questions and simulation tools.

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