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Abstract #302299

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Activity Number: 44
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Sunday, August 7, 2005 : 4:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Physical and Engineering Sciences
Abstract - #302299
Title: The BHH Tomato Example Revisited
Author(s): Robert Easterling*+
Companies: Itinerant Professor
Address: 51 avenida del sol, Cedar Crest, NM, 87008,
Keywords: Teaching ; Experimental Design ; Examples
Abstract:

Archie Bunker once told his son-in-law, "Don't give me no statistics, Meathead. I want facts!" We statisticians get our kicks from statistics (i.e., the technical aspects of statistical data analysis), while our clients and collaborators are turned on by the facts (the science or business insights provided by data). If we want these professionals to be passionate about the use of statistical methods in their work, we need to connect their enthusiasm for their chosen fields with our enthusiasm for statistical methods. Statistical texts are limited in space and often cannot make this connection, but instructors can by embedding textbook examples in credible scientific or business contexts. This approach is illustrated in this paper with a tomato-fertilizer example from the classic experimental design text by Box, Hunter, and Hunter. This example has realistic features, not brought out in the text, such as a lurking variable and an apparent outlier that can be seen only in the context of this lurking variable, and it also can be extended to consider the implications of the analysis for subsequent actions by either a casual gardener or a commercial grower.


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