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Smith College

We Know Statistics Software Fall Seminar

November 4, 2010

4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Ford Hall, Room 240


The seminar's purpose is discussion of trends in statistical software such as SPSS, Stata, and R.

Five College faculty and staff are invited to attend (no registration). Parking in the parking garage on West St. or any of the Smith College parking lots are available to you without a sticker from 3:30 p.m. on.

There will be three thirty minute segments, the first of which provides an overview of trends in statistical software:

Nicholas Horton, Associate Professor of Math and Statistics, winner of the Sherrerd Award for teaching and author of several books including the recently published /Using R for Data Management,Statistical Analysis, and Graphics/, will give a brief lecture, "Trends and Prognostications about Statistical Software."

The second segment consists of two demonstrations of software capabilities. Michael Lavine, Professor of Mathematics at UMASS-Amherst and author of /Introduction to Statistical Thought/, will present on visualizing data, and Larissa Barber, a recent Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and the Statistics Counselor in Smith's Spinelli Center for Quantitative Learning, will demonstrate how to work collaboratively with student researchers.

The final segment will be an open question and answer session centered around five demonstration computer stations conducted by faculty volunteers.  The audience will be invited to visit each as they wish and see demonstrated tasks in collaboration, charting and graphing, and predictive analytics using Stata, R, and SPSS.

Food and beverages will be provided.

Contact: Educational Technology Services