UNM Stat 427/527: Advanced Data Analysis I (ADA1)
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Learn to produce beautiful (markdown) and reproducible (knitr/quarto) reports with informative plots (ggplot2) and tables (kable) by writing code (R, tidyverse, RStudio) to answer questions using fundamental statistical methods (all one- and two-variable methods)
, which you’ll be proud to present (poster).
RoadmapHere’s your roadmap for the semester! Each week, follow the general process outlined below:
- The class maintains a Tuesday/Thursday schedule.
- Each Tuesday and Thursday:
- Enjoy reading the assigned chapter, using Video lectures to supplement the reading.
- If available, experiment with Applets to develop intuition and work through Tutorials to practice R coding with data.
- Complete the homework assignments in the form of exercises and worksheets.
- Tuesday assignments are due Friday by 11:50 PM
- Thursday assignments are due Monday by 11:50 PM
- The table below has a row for each Tuesday and Thursday.
- UNM Canvas for completing exercises and submitting worksheet assignments (evaluated by TA within 1 week).
- After uploading a pdf assignment, verify with a preview of the file.
- Books (both are online and free)
- Lectures and worksheets: YouTube Video playlist (try 1.5 speed, then pause as needed).
- Erik’s example homework document from a previous year has R code demonstrating all of the methods and techniques for the entire semester.
|Date||Class||Chapter||VideoS, Tutorials, Applets||Exercises, WorksheetS, Labs, Data|
|08/21 Mon||00||Install R software||
|10/12 Thu||Fall Break|
|11/23 Thu||Thanksgiving break|
|12/12 Tue||Finals week||No final
||Congratulations on a great semester!|
Using R (through the RStudio IDE)R will be used for all homework assignments. You can use R by downloading R onto your own computer. R is freely available at http://www.r-project.org/ and is already installed on many college computers. Additionally, you are required to install RStudio and turn in all R assignments using Quarto (RMarkdown). http://rstudio.org/. (You can use the LaTeX compiler at: https://yihui.name/tinytex/)
Installing software and packages (Step 0)Before our first “class” (Mon 8/21), please read through the following actions and install the required software on your computer. Video
- Install R packages.
- Follow these instructions: R packages. (Ignore warning about rtools or any packages unavailable.)
- In RStudio, open Packages tab, click on “Update”, Select All, Install Updates (“No” to restart, “No” to compile from source).
- Make sure the erikmisc package works by printing the logo in the Console:
- Set up your computer
Learning R, self-study
- R for beginners
- A fantastic ggplot2 tutorial
- Incredibly helpful cheatsheets from RStudio.
- Description: Statistical tools for scientific research, including parametric and non-parametric methods for ANOVA and group comparisons, simple linear and multiple linear regression, and basic ideas of experimental design and analysis. Emphasis placed on the use of statistical packages such as R. Course cannot be counted in the hours needed for graduate degrees in Mathematics and Statistics.
- Prerequisite: Math 1350 [Stat 145] (or other intro stats course)
- Semesters offered: Fall
- Lecture: Stat 427.003, CRN 77017; Stat 527.003, CRN 77018; Online MAX Arranged
- Email: Please include “ADA1” in the subject line of all emails; please do not send messages via UNM Canvas.
- Erik Erhardt <email@example.com>, he/him
- Teaching Assistants
- Behzad FallahiFard <firstname.lastname@example.org>, he/him
- Azadeh Golduzian <email@example.com>, she/her
Office hoursSee email “ADA1, Stat 427/527, Announcements” from 8/26/22 for Zoom links and instructions. UNM Authentication instructions.
- Before attending an office hour, please email the instructor above to let us know when you’ll be attending
- Email example: “ADA1 Office Hours Tue 10 AM: I’ll be there to ask about X, Y, and Z”.
- We will certainly be at our office hours if you let us know that you’re coming. However, we reserve the right to cancel an office hour last minute without notification if no one has let us know they will be attending. This is a way of respecting everyone’s time so we can each be effective in our lives.
- We are also available by appointment by email if these many hours do not work for your schedule.
Student learning outcomesAt the end of the course, you will be able to: (student results: R, all years, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012) General outcomes:
- Organize knowledge in graphs, tables, and code to support concise, comprehensible, and scientifically defensible written interpretations to produce knowledge within a reproducible research environment.
- Distinguish a testable scientific hypothesis or data-supported interpretation from an opinion.
- Understand from a data story the goals of the study and apply the correct statistical procedure.
- Explain the scientific aspects of a problem to nonscientists in a fashion that enhances understanding and decision making.
- Define parameters of interest and hypotheses in words and notation.
- Summarize data visually, numerically, and descriptively and interpret the observed characteristics. Calculate and interpret numerical summaries such as mean, variance, five-number summary, confidence intervals, and p-values, and create visual summaries such as bar plots, scatter plots, and histograms. (Never pie charts!)
- Distinguish between statistical significance and scientific relevance.
- Use statistical software, such as R, to read and manage data, create informative plots, report numerical summaries, and apply statistical models, by recommended programming practice including abstraction and documentation.
- Understand the differences and limitations of controlled experiments and observational studies. Design experiments to infer causal treatment effects. Analyze observational data to infer associations between measured variables.
- Identify and explain the statistical methods, assumptions, and limitations used in reported studies in scientific literature or popular media.
- Evaluate and criticize published studies, the work of peers, and your own work and assess what was done well, what could be done better, and examine whether their conclusions are supported using statistical principles.
- Make evidence-based decisions by constructing and deciding between testable hypotheses using appropriate data and methods.
- Discover relationships and make predictions through model development and selection.
Meeting the learning outcomesYou will acquire new information in this class, but the emphasis is on comprehending, integrating, and applying information. Rote factual memorization is the lowest form of learning. Effective learning occurs by explaining, integrating, applying, and analyzing facts, hypotheses, and theories. Learning in this class occurs by:
- Doing – completion of exercises that require analysis of data to answer questions and test hypotheses, or researching answers to reading assignments.
- Discussion – interaction with classmates to assemble and synthesize information utilizing the collective skills and knowledge base of the group.
- Listening, acting, and reflecting – activities during class time provide insights into information not available in readings and includes review difficult material to aid comprehension. Note-taking permits later reflection on lecture content. Listening to the professor lecture is the least effective learning tool for both students, however, and you should plan on coming to every class prepared to participate in active and reflective learning opportunities.
- Exercises. Purpose: to assess reading and video comprehension and assure you’re prepared to actively participate in worksheet activities with minimal lecture. (About 18, 28% of final grade.) Most weeks plan for 1-2 hours reading and video, 1-hour exercises. Exercises are not timed, they can be taken twice, and the last submission of the two is graded.
- Worksheet assignments. Purpose: to struggle and find success in class with the concepts and skills. (About 21, 70% of final grade.)
- Course surveys are due at the end of the course (EvalKit). (About 2, 2% of final grade.)
- No late assignments. Roughly speaking, the lowest 2-weeks worth of assignments are dropped, so your lowest 1-2 exercises assignments and 2-3 worksheet assignments are not included in the calculation of your grade (this could include a worksheet assignment that spanned a full week).
Collaboration and citationFor homework, I encourage you to work together. Please discuss the data, code, and problems with one another, but do your own exploration and write up. We expect everyone to submit substantially different homework, and we will enforce this under the honor code. The small benefit you might get from plagiarism is not worth the severe penalty (of lost trust, being reported to the dean, no points for the assignment, etc.). As in life, please use any resources available to you. Projects and some homework will explicitly encourage you to use resources on the internet, but showing extra initiative will always be appreciated. You may find R programming tough at first, so feel free to discuss your problems with other classmates or meet with or email questions to me or the TAs. I encourage you to use the ideas of others, but make them your own, giving credit. For projects have a formal bibliography, for homework cite casually, and for code simply copy the URL in as a comment (which is doubly helpful for finding the resource again). You won’t be the first person to do anything in this class, so give credit where it’s due. If you find yourself in a situation where “cheating” seems like the only option, please come talk to me. We will figure this out together.
COVID-19 Health and AwarenessUNM is a mask friendly, but not a mask required, community. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to class. If you do need to stay home, please communicate with me at my email; I can work with you to provide alternatives for course participation and completion. Let me, an advisor, or another UNM staff member know that you need support so that we can connect you to the right resources. Please be aware that UNM will publish information on websites and email about any changes to our public health status and community response. Support: Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) at (505) 277-3136. If you are having active respiratory symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, sore throat, etc.) AND need testing for COVID-19; OR If you recently tested positive and may need oral treatment, call SHAC. LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center (505) 277-2911 can offer help with contacting faculty and managing challenges that impact your UNM experience.
AccommodationsUNM is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for students with documented disabilities. As your instructor, it is my objective to facilitate an inclusive classroom setting, in which students have full access and opportunity to participate. To engage in a confidential conversation about the process for requesting reasonable accommodations for this class and/or program, please contact Accessibility Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 505-277-3506. Support: Contact me at my email or in office/check-in hours and contact Accessibility Resource Center (https://arc.unm.edu/) at email@example.com (505) 277-3506.
Credit-hoursThis is a three credit-hour course delivered in an entirely asynchronous online modality over 16 weeks during the Spring 2023 semester. Please plan for a minimum of 9 hours per week to learn course materials and complete assignments. Support: Resources to support study skills and time management are available through Student Learning Support at the Center for Teaching and Learning.
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Citizenship and/or Immigration StatusAll students are welcome in this class regardless of citizenship, residency, or immigration status. Your professor will respect your privacy if you choose to disclose your status. As for all students in the class, family emergency-related absences are normally excused with reasonable notice to the professor, as noted in the attendance guidelines above. UNM as an institution has made a core commitment to the success of all our students, including members of our undocumented community. The Administration’s welcome is found on our website: http://undocumented.unm.edu/.
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Respectful and Responsible LearningWe all have shared responsibility for ensuring that learning occurs safely, honestly, and equitably. Submitting material as your own work that has been generated on a website, in a publication, by an artificial intelligence algorithm, by another person, or by breaking the rules of an assignment constitutes academic dishonesty. It is a student code of conduct violation that can lead to a disciplinary procedure. Please ask me for help in finding the resources you need to be successful in this course. I can help you use study resources responsibly and effectively. Off-campus paper writing services, problem-checkers and services, websites, and AIs can produce incorrect or misleading results. Learning the course material depends on completing and submitting your own work. UNM preserves and protects the integrity of the academic community through multiple policies including policies on student grievances (Faculty Handbook D175 and D176), academic dishonesty (FH D100), and respectful campus (FH CO9). These are in the Student Pathfinder (https://pathfinder.unm.edu) and the Faculty Handbook (https://handbook.unm.edu). Support: Many students have found that time management workshops or work with peer tutors can help them meet their goals. These and are other resources are available through Student Learning Support at the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Connecting to Campus and Finding SupportUNM has many resources and centers to help you thrive, including opportunities to get involved, mental health resources, academic support such as tutoring, resource centers for people like you, free food at Lobo Food Pantry, and jobs on campus. Your advisor, staff at the resource centers and Dean of Students, and I can help you find the right opportunities for you.
Support in Receiving HelpStudents who ask for help are successful students. I encourage students to be familiar with services and policies that can help them navigate UNM successfully. Many services exist to help you succeed academically, such as peer tutoring at CAPS and http://mentalhealth.unm.edu. There are plenty of ways to find your place and your pack at UNM: see the “student guide” tab on my.unm, students.unm.edu, or ask me for information about the right resource center or person to contact.
Doing the Right ThingUNM has policies to preserve and protect you and the academic community available in the Student Pathfinder as well as in the Faculty Handbook. These include policies on student grievances D175 (undergraduates) and D176 (graduate and professional students), academic dishonesty (D100), and respectful campus (CO9). Please ask for help in understanding and avoiding plagiarism (passing the work or words of others off as your own work or words) or other forms of academic dishonesty. Doing something dishonest in a class or on an assignment can lead to serious academic consequences. Come talk with me about your concerns or needs for academic flexibility or talk with support staff at one of our student resource centers before you do something that may endanger your career.
Our ClassroomWe’re doing this because:
- We want you to be empowered with statistics.
- We believe everyone should get out of this course with awesome skills
- Real-time feedback promotes efficient learning
GAISE ConnectionsOur six recommendations include the following:
- Teach statistical thinking.
- Teach statistics as an investigative process of problem-solving and decision-making.
- Give students experience with multivariable thinking.
- Focus on conceptual understanding.
- Integrate real data with a context and purpose.
- Foster active learning.
- Use technology to explore concepts and analyze data.
- Use assessments to improve and evaluate student learning.
Learning without thought is labor lost. What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand. – Confucius
Asking smart questions
- “Smart Questions” guide (note “hackers build things, crackers break them”)
- Follow this Rubric when emailing a question:
- Send a new email for each new question. Use “Reply” to continue a conversation on a question (do not start a new email, again).
- Include “ADA1” as the first word of the subject line in new emails (if replying, use reply), with the rest of the subject indicating the assignment and type of problem.
- Begin the email with a short question summary (that is, don’t bury your question in the middle of the third paragraph). Then, begin the detail of your question in the second paragraph.
- When possible, include commented code in the email body — Comments (starting with # symbol) should indicate where the problem is, what the expected behavior is, and what steps are necessary to reproduce the problem.
- Attach your qmd file so that the instructor can reproduce the problem. If attaching code, please include all the files necessary to run your code (data, etc.)
- [Attaching code supersedes this:
Code should include a “Minimum representative test case” (http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/] smart-questions.html#code)
- Assume the best. Your instructors want to help and we will do our best. Do not abuse your helpers even if you feel frustrated.
Unicode compile problems: If you render to pdf you may get this error: “! Package inputenc Error: Unicode char”. ASCII is a small character set what we use to program in, Unicode is an extended character set that looks pretty (for example “straight quotes” become “curly quotes”) but causes code to break. You get unwanted Unicode when you copy/paste from a pdf or some other source into your code. To fix this, you have to find the Unicode and replace it with it’s ASCII equivalent. To do this: Ctrl-F to find, search for “[^\x00-\x7F]” (without quotes), select “Regex” for regular expressions, and find the “Next” one. As it finds instances, replace the characters manually until there are no more. These characters will typically be curly quotes or fancy dashes.