Statistics 528
Applied Business Statistics
Department of Statistics, Iowa State University

This page is always under construction!

Click here to see the Statistics 528 syllabus for Fall 2009

Click here to see the Statistics 528 important dates.

Click to see and/or print some old Statistics 528 exams:

Click here to see solutions to some old exams.

Click here to see the dates when I will be on travel. There will be no class on these days, but the lecture time is being made up by extending our usual lectures until 12:20.


Click here to see the Statistics 528 the assignment policy.

Click here to see the Statistics 528 the grading policy.

Click here to read about connections between management and statistics.

Click here to see a list of important questions that managers (and others) might want to ask when evaluating the results of a statistical study.

Click here to view a paper that described the important ideas behind assumptions used in statistical inference. Some of the ideas from this paper came from studing the ideas of analytic and ennumerative studies, as described by Deming. But we do not entirely agree with some of what Deming and his followers say.

JMP is the standard statistical package used in teaching most service courses at ISU. JMP is a powerful package for graphics, data analysis, and statistical modeling. It is available in many computer labs around campus and can be easily downloaded to students' personal computers. JMP can be downloaded by clicking here.

Click here for a brief tutorial on how to get started with JMP . The JMP package contains a full set of documentation in pdf format under the Help menu item. But, like most high-quality software, you should not have to read the manual expect to get information on details.

Click here for information on the Statistics 528 project.

Data files

Click here to get to the ftp site contaning a collections of data sets from which I will choose in preparing laboratory and homework assignments. Let me know if you have trouble using any of these data sets. Some of the data sets come from our text book (in folders named appendix and exercise). Descriptions of other data sets will be given with your assignments. The data sets in folder lab_data are from my own collection.
Students with disabilities
Please address any special needs or special accommodations with me at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) form from the Disability Resources (DR) office (515-294-6624). DR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076.

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