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Keri Lock Morgan - Duke University

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"Using Simulation Methods to Introduce Inference"
24 January 2014
327 Thomas Building
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Abstract: While formulas and distributional tables were once necessary for teaching confidence intervals and hypothesis tests, computers have made simulation methods an attractive alternative.  We choose to introduce inference using simulation methods (bootstrap intervals and randomization tests) because they require less background knowledge and so can be introduced earlier in the course, the same procedure can be applied to any parameter of interest, and most importantly, the methods for generating intervals and p-values are intrinsically connected to the very concepts we most want students to understand.  In this talk I will discuss how and why we now use simulation methods to introduce inference, how they can be integrated into the existing curriculum, and outcomes from teaching with this approach.  I’ll also demonstrate free online user-friendly applets for teaching and using simulation methods.

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