401-4620-00L  Statistics Lab

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersM. Kalisch, M. H. Maathuis, M. Mächler, L. Meier, N. Meinshausen
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 27.


401-4620-00 SStatistics Lab
Substantial additional time is required for attending the consulting sessions, carrying out the data analysis and writing of the report. The dates/times for the sessions are arranged on an individual basis. More information is given during the first seminar lecture.
2 hrs
Wed16-18HG E 33.1 »
M. Kalisch, M. H. Maathuis, M. Mächler, L. Meier, N. Meinshausen

Catalogue data

Abstract"Statistics Lab" is an Applied Statistics Workshop in Data Analysis. It
provides a learning environment in a realistic setting.

Students lead a regular consulting session at the Seminar für Statistik
(SfS). After the session, the statistical data analysis is carried out and
a written report and results are presented to the client. The project is
also presented in the course's seminar.
Objective- gain initial experience in the consultancy process
- carry out a consultancy session and produce a report
- apply theoretical knowledge to an applied problem

After the course, students will have practical knowledge about statistical
consulting. They will have determined the scientific problem and its
context, enquired the design of the experiment or data collection, and
selected the appropriate methods to tackle the problem. They will have
deepened their statistical knowledge, and applied their theoretical
knowledge to the problem. They will have gathered experience in explaining
the relevant mathematical and software issues to a client. They will have
performed a statistical analysis using R (or SPSS). They improve their
skills in writing a report and presenting statistical issues in a talk.
ContentStudents participate in consulting meetings at the SfS. Several consulting
dates are available for student participation. These are arranged

-During the first meeting the student mainly observes and participates in
the discussion. During the second meeting (with a different client), the
student leads the meeting. The member of the consulting team is overseeing
(and contributing to) the meeting.

-After the meeting, the student performs the recommended analysis, produces
a report and presents the results to the client.

-Finally, the student presents the case in the weekly course seminar in a
talk. All students are required to attend the seminar regularly.
Lecture notesn/a
LiteratureThe required literature will depend on the specific statistical problem
under investigation. Some introductory material can be found below.
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites:
Sound knowledge in basic statistical methods, especially regression and, if
possible, analysis of variance. Basic experience in Data Analysis with R.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersM. Kalisch, M. H. Maathuis, M. Mächler, L. Meier, N. Meinshausen
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

Learning materials

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Places27 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupStatistics MSc (436000)
Waiting listuntil 24.02.2021
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 21.02.2021

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