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Monday (and Completed Projects needing evaluations)

  12/15/18 09:31, by John

A (chronological by posting) list of projects needing evaluation:




(Alyssandra also has posted a survey here)


PROJECT PRESENTATION(s): If there is leadership (a person or a protocol for ordering project presentation(s) in advance and a means of efficiently keeping presenters prepared in advance so as to be on task of keeping their presentations succinctly under two minutes) then presentations can have the first segment of class time.

BASIC: Statistics in Advertising

PREPARATION: Find an advertisement (graphic or text; online or print) that uses any "statistic" -- post a link to the image/site if the online. Feel free to link more than one as you find these. Also look to the fine print for disclaimer statistics.

SECTION ONE: Excel Exercise.

PREPARATION: Attached is an EXCEL sheet containing a data and an exercise worksheet. Continue practicing using the "offset" and "Match" functions to organize data. If somebody could transfer the EXCEL sheet to Google Sheets I would appreciate this -- for some reason GS is not opening on my new (low end) computer.

SECTION TWO: Last chance to come up with a strategy for using correlated data from the NHL to come up with a rank list of the league from best to first.

PREPARATION Comment you interest and post what categories (or combination of categories) you want to use to create your ranking and what weighting of each category  -- I'll  create a rank list from your selections and weightings.

We'll see whose rankings are most accurate at predicting wins for the next month.

SECTION THREE: Platonic solids.

PREPARATION: Dylan is way ahead here -- she has the tetrahedron, cube, and octahedron (as I remember) -- we need the icosahedron (I'll work on this tomorrow) and dodecahedron.

Project Ideas (comment interest for the future)

1. Books

a. "Wisdom of the Crowds" -- I made a copy

b. "Freakonomics" -- Statistical explanation of social phenomena -- I made a copy

c. "Bringing Down the House" -- MIT students count cards and count cash they win from Vegas casinios -- I'll make a copy

2. Predictions

  a. Using Google Trends or Correlate to predict stock prices.

b. Using past performance of stock prices to predict future success.

c. Predicting NFL Super Bowl Champion from regular season data

d. Using online surveys to predict events

e. Using online "crowd wisdom" sites to predict ....

3. Polling

a. Creating biased/manipulative poll results from interpreted data

b. Study of polling methodology differences



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Monday Deadlines – due and past due

(Bold indicates projects posted for evaluation)

11/8/2018 Project 1: Coin Flipping Graph 11/08/18 Celeste
11/27/2018 Project 2: Quarter Circle in a Box 11/27/18 Celeste
12/1/2018 Projects already completed: 1. Tangwyn
12/1/2018 Projects completed: 1 Juniper
12/1/2018 Completed - 1st project (graphing coin flips) Cedella
12/10/2018 : Quarter Circle experiment. Cole
12/11/2018 Complete order of magnitude problem Juniper
12/12/2018 Complete Box project to get compete a statistical art project Juniper
12/12/2018 dec12 Wayne Gretzky stats compared to the NHL stars of today. Alyssandra
12/13/2018 3- 12/13/18 I am joining with Hannah and Celeste to determine which spaces are landed on most frequently in Monopoly. Emery
12/14/2018 1. 12/14: explaining google correlates why they are that pattern Caitlin
12/15/2018 1- 12/15/18 Order of magnitude. I am doing 5 problems at the moment. If I really enjoy it I might up that amount. Emery
12/15/2018 2- 12/15/18 (2 projects) I am going to create a second and “more” random number generator using excel. I have my less random one in Blue-Jay. Emery
12/16/2018 12/16: finish wisdoms of the crowds book(moved deadline back do to sickness) Rowan
12/17/2018 : Google trend charts on various search terms/topics compared, with an explanation of why these search terms/topics show up in the various ratios they do. Tangwyn
12/17/2018 Predicting soccer games Isaac
12/17/2018 : Do order of magnitude problems. Also another statistical drawing. Cole
12/17/2018 2nd project - (Coloring in the patterns within Pascal’s Triangle) Finish by Cedella
12/17/2018 12/17- Create a survey and interview Laurel students then make multiple graphs that display the collected data. Ansel
12/17/2018 dec17 testing the Bradley effect. Alyssandra
12/17/2018 dec17 list of ways to get random numbers. Alyssandra

12/15/18 @ 15:00
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I will be attending section one (excel practice) and section three (platonic solids) in addition to the basic section. For preparation, I will work on the excel practice sheet tomorrow and post any questions if I have them. I will also see if I can make a dodecahedron.

I attached an image of an advertisement that I found that uses stats.

12/15/18 @ 22:20
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The blog isn’t letting me post!! AGH!

12/16/18 @ 13:15
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12/16/18 @ 13:50
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I just realized that the copy cuts off some of John’s instructions, so look back at the excel version for that.

12/16/18 @ 14:44
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I will be in the basic section and section 1 tomorrow. I have been having some second thoughts about some of the projects I set for myself so I might change them, thanks for posting those suggestions John.

12/16/18 @ 16:14
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Thanks John! I will be in the basic section of class, as well as section two. The rest of the time, I will be working on various projects. Here is a couple advertisements I found


This one is good, because it will get all the high school students on snapchat, because if the older people are using it, then the younger ones will as well (in some cases)


This one is a classic. I have also seen people ask why everyone gets this toothpaste since dentists make money off of you having bad teeth…

12/16/18 @ 16:55
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Thank you john! I think that I will be attending the basic section and the Excel section.

12/16/18 @ 17:37
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I will be attending the Basic and excel sections. John could I please have a copy of Bringing Down the House.

Here is a website with 10 cigarette ads.

12/16/18 @ 18:02
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I successfully made a dodecahedron! I can nearly close my hand around the whole thing (it is mini).

12/16/18 @ 19:00
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I had no problem just copying and pasting the excel practice sheet into a google docs. I would attach it for other people to use but I am not sure how to make it accessible…

12/16/18 @ 19:04
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I will be attending the Basic section of class tomorrow.

For the time I am not in class I will be compiling data from Hannah’s, Emery’s and my dice rolls on Monopoly.

I went quite a few video ads, I found that ads for Medcine usually had some sort of statistics used in them.

Here is an ad from the National Institute of Drug Abuse

12/16/18 @ 19:31
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I’m coming to Basic and Section 3.

Also, John do you have the “Freakonomics” book? That’d be great if I could read that as a project or two.


12/16/18 @ 19:59
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I’ll be at the basic section tomorrow,

Then be working on my project the rest of the time

12/16/18 @ 20:33
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I will be going to the basic section as well as section two.

-average goals per game
-average goals against per game
-power play percentage
-penalty kill percentage
-goalie save percentage

12/16/18 @ 20:48
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Thanks for the post John, I will attend the basic section as well as section 3.


I found an advertisement that AT&T sued Verizon over.

12/16/18 @ 22:15
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Thanks John, I will be in the basic section tomorrow as well as section 2.

I have interest in all the reading project options, as well as the Super Bowl prediction.

-points per game
-win/loss record
-shooting percentage

Sorry, I don’t know much about the NHL at all…

12/16/18 @ 22:20
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I will be in the basic section
Here is a link to an ad

Also I have some interest in all of the project ideas, specifically the polling one.

12/16/18 @ 22:30
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I had a very hard time with the Excel exercise, I couldn’t figure it out. It would be great if we could go through the steps tomorrow in that section of class.

12/16/18 @ 22:58
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Thanks! I will be attending the basic section and for the rest of class I will be working on projects (and if it’s ok I will finish my wisdom of the crowds project.

Here is my advertisement:

12/17/18 @ 09:40

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