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BIOSTATS 540 - Fall 2021
Introduction to Biostatistics
Biostatistics and Epidemiology
UMass Amherst
Instructor: Carol Bigelow




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1. Summarizing Data

2. Data Visualization

3. Probability: Basics

4. Probabilities in Epidemiology

5. Populations and Samples

6. Bernoulli and Binomal Distributions


7. Normal Distribution


8. Statistical Literacy: Estimation and Hypothesis Testing


9. One Sample Inference

10. Two Sample Inference


11. Chi Square Tests


12. Simple Linear Regression and Correlation

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Unit 3. Probability Basics

1. Introduction
2. Learning Module
3. Activities
4. Resources

(1) Introduction
VIDEO INTRODUCTION (Source: Northern Arizona University) Basic Probability Rules (video: 11:38)
VIDEO INTRODUCTION (Source: TED Talks) Dan Gilbert -Why We Make Bad Decisions- 33 minute video (html)
AT A GLANCE (source: Stat Trek AP Statistics Online Training) Probability (video, 10:46)
STATISTICS IN PRACTICE (Source: Tversky A and Kahneman D 1973 Cognitive Psychology 4: 207-32) Availability: A hueristic for judging frequency and probability (pdf, 16 pp)
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(2) Learning Module
BIOSTATS 540 Fall 2021 Course Notes Probability Basics (pdf, 43 pp)
Homework Questions are embedded in course notes 3. Probability Basics (pdf, 43 pp)
due Friday October 8, 2021

Last date for submission w -10 points: Monday October 11, 2021
Last date for submission for credit (-20 points):Friday October 15, 2021
SOLUTIONS to homework (pdf, 3 pp)
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(3) Activities
WORKED EXAMPLES (Source: www.intmath.com) Probability of an Event (html)
WORKED EXAMPLES (Source: www.intmath.com) Independent and Dependent Events (html)

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(4) Resources
VIDEO (Source: TED Talks) Dan Gilbert -Why We Make Bad Decisions- 33 minute video (html)
VIDEO (Source: TED-Ed) The Last Banana - A Thought Experiment in Probability (video 4:09)
(source: Tversky A and Kahneman D Science 1974 Vol. 185, No. 4157, pp 1124-1131) Judgement under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases (pdf, 8 pp)
VIDEO Series (Source: Kahn Academy) Basic Probability Videos (html)
VIDEOS
(source: Stat Trek AP Statistics Online Training) Probability (video, 10:46)

(source: Stat Trek AP Statistics Online Training) Rules of Probability (video, 16:20)
(Source: Marie Diener-West, JHSPH) Probability Concepts (pdf, 54 slides)

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