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BIOSTATS 540 - Fall 2017
Introduction to Biostatistics
Biostatistics and Epidemiology
UMass Amherst
Instructor: Carol Bigelow



For Students


This Week

Unit Lecture Notes

Unit Tests


Other Resources

Course Unit Pages

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


Unit 7. Normal Distributions

1. Introduction
2. Unit Notes (Lecture notes)
3. Illustrations
4. Activities
5. Additional Resources
6. Assess Your Progress


(1) Introduction
VIDEO (Source: The Statistics Learning Centre) The Normal Distribution (video 7:44)
VIDEO (Source: Open Intro) Click on Chapter 3 - Distributions. Then click 3.1 Normal Distribution (video 20:15)
ppt INTRODUCTION (Source: Whitlock and Schluter ) Overheads 10 - The Normal Distribution (pdf, 7 pp)
VIDEO (Source: i09.com) The Central Limit Theorem Explained with Bunnies and Dragons (video 3:39)
ppt INTRODUCTION (Source: John McGready, JHSPH - Statistical Reasoning I) Sampling Distribution of the Sampling Mean (pdf, 21 slides)

(2) Unit Notes (Lecture Notes) and Homework Assignment
7. Normal Distribution (pdf, 26 pp)
Unit 7 Assignment due Monday October 30, 2017 Questions (pdf, 2 pp) Solutions (pdf, 13 pp)
(Source: Agresti, Franklin, Klingenberg The Art and Science of Learning From Data) The Normal Distribution (html)

(3) Illustrations
WORKED EXAMPLES (Source: regentsprep.org) Normal Distribution (html)
WORKED EXAMPLES (Source: onlinestatbook.com) Normal Distribution (html)


(4) Activities
Interactive Web App (Source: Agresti, Franklin, Klingenberg. Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning From Data) Normal Distribution (html)


(5) Additional Resources
VIDEO (Source:  i09.com) - The Central Limit Theorem Explained with Bunnies and Dragons (video, 3:39)
VIDEO (Source:  jbstatistics.com) - Introduction to the Normal Distribution (video, 5:26)
VIDEO (Source:  Khan Academy) - The Central Limit Theorem (video, 9:48)
(Source:  University of Sussex) - Introduction to the Normal Distribution (pdf, 29 slides)
(Source:  Pearson Education 2012) - Normal Probability Distributions (pdf, 105 slides)
(Source:  David Lane, Connexions) - History of Normal Distribution (html)
(Source:  Wadsworth Cengage Learning) - Z Scores (html)
(Source: Stat Trel AP Statistics Tutorial) Normal Distribution(html)
(Source: Wadsworth Cengage Learning) Central Limit Theorem (html)
(Source: Open Intro Lecture by Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel) - Normal Distribution (pdf, 28 slides)
(Source: British Medical Journal Statistics Notes Series by Douglas Altman and Martin Bland) - Normal Distribution (html)

(6) Assess Your Progress
Unit 7 Practice Quiz Questions (pdf, 1 pp) Solutions (pdf, 3 pp)




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