STAT430 : TermProject2010

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0Schedule
1. Tues. 9:30: Ngot Bui, Munish Gopal, Zhiming Zhang
2. Tues. 9:45: Zachary Oster
3. Tues. 10:00: DongHo? Hong, Sanghack Lee
4. Tues. 10:15: Reka Kelemen, Akul Singhania
5. Tues. 10:30: Sylvia Do, Xin Yin
6. Thurs. 9:30: Ali Berens, Priyanka Surana
7. Thurs. 9:45: Debkanta Chakraborty, Srihari Radhakrishnan, Chijioke Umunnakwe
8. Thurs. 10:00: Chi-Jen Wang
9. Thurs. 10:15: Jessica Kirkpatrick, Divita Mathur, Daniel Standage
10. Thurs. 10:30: Feng Guo

0Presentation
Prepare a 10 minute presentation about your project.  The goal is to practice communicating clearly about a a scientific problem and the statistics you applied (or will apply) to it.  More important than delivering a lot of results is a demonstration of your ability to use statistical language clearly and correctly.  You should:
• clearly state the problem you are trying to address; if you addressed more than you can cover in 10 minutes, pick one
• describe the data and properties of the data (i.e. iid) that will be used to answer the question
• describe the statistical method (again, pick one if you did more than one and time is an issue) you will use
• if you have them, discuss results and interpret them; if you don't have results, discuss anticipated results and how you will evaluate the model output, check for assumption violations, etc.

Teams have complete control over who and what will be presented.  Not everyone need present, but you will be evaluated by your audience and peers, one evaluation per presentation, so make sure you participate in preparation of the presentation even if you don't speak.

0Written Report
Prepare a scientific report describing your project.  Please fit your reports into 6 pages single-space pages including figures and tables, 1 inch margins.  More important than length is clarity and inclusion of these four parts:
• introduction: describe the problem, necessary background for someone outside the field to understand, and give an overview of the data available and how it will help answer the question
• methods: describe the data in more detail and the statistical methods you will use to analyze them; include technical aspects, like which computer program you will use
• results: recount your results without interpretation
• discussion: interpret your results, discuss whether assumptions were violated and how they might impact your conclusions, maybe discuss other or future work that could be done
I know some of you have done a lot of work and 6 pages may seem short, but you must be selective in what figures and results you choose to include in order to make your story as clear and compelling as possible.

0Examples
Here are some examples of previous presentations and written reports that were rated well.

Also see:
TermProject2008
2009Project