The Practice of Statistics: Putting the Pieces Together

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Duxbury Press, 2000 - Mathematics - 202 pages
Capstone courses in statistics teach students how to apply their learned skills as if they were professional statisticians. It enables them to tie together ideas and methods from their undergraduate course work to solve problems. Students are presnted with a series of 'experiences.' They are required to work in teams to collect data, then individually to solve the problem and present written and oral reports. The 'experiences' expose students to additional challenges they might encounter on the job.

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After Graduating from high school, John D. Spurrier attended the Columbia campus of the University of Missouri. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree and a doctorate in statistics from that school.Dr. Spurrier joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 1974 and currently holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Statistics. While on the faculty, he has served terms as department chair, assistant department chair, graduate director, and director of the departments statistical consulting service. Dr. Spurrier has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. He has published over 70 papers on the applications and theory of statistics and co-authored a book of laboratory experiences in elementary statistics. He has served as an officer of the Section of Physical and Engineering Sciences and the South Carolina Chapter of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Spurrier is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and a recipient of the University of South Carolina's Michael J. Mungo Teaching Award.

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