JSM 2014 Home
Online Program Home
My Program

Abstract Details

Activity Number: 10
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Sunday, August 3, 2014 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Host Chapter-Boston
Abstract #310675
Title: Simulation-Based Methods in Statistics Education, and Google Tools
Author(s): Tim Hesterberg*+
Companies: Google
Keywords: bootstrap ; permutation test ; randomization test ; big data

I'll speak first about the enormous potential of simulation-based tools such as bootstrap, permutation/randomization tests, and MCMC for statistics education. Sampling distributions, P-values, confidence intervals, and posterior distributions are hard concepts for students, especially when obfuscated by myriad cookbook formulas. They are far easier to understand using actual sets of numbers that students can visualize using histograms and scatterplots. Those numbers are obtained using a consistent set of simulation methods that apply in a wide range of applications.

I'll also talk about some Google tools useful for statistical education - Google Docs, and BigQuery (for hands-on experience with huge data).

Finally, I'll talk about demands that technological innovation places on statistics education.

Authors who are presenting talks have a * after their name.

Back to the full JSM 2014 program

2014 JSM Online Program Home

For information, contact jsm@amstat.org or phone (888) 231-3473.

If you have questions about the Professional Development program, please contact the Education Department.

The views expressed here are those of the individual authors and not necessarily those of the JSM sponsors, their officers, or their staff.

ASA Meetings Department  •  732 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314  •  (703) 684-1221  •  meetings@amstat.org
Copyright © American Statistical Association.