Note: The list below was originally published in the Instructor's Guide to the third
edition of The Basic Practice of Statistics (BPS) by David Moore. In
addition, I occasionally add new resources to this; they are given at the bottom of this page.
The Worldwide Web has made great amounts of information—of varying
degrees of usefulness—easily available. Here are some worthwhile
sites with resources for use in conjunction with BPS.
Some of these
sites have links to other interesting locations. The fluid nature of the Internet
means that addresses may change, and other resources show up from time to
time; Web searches for phrases such as "statistics tutor" or
"statistics applets" will almost certainly yield some useful results.
First, some general collections:
Clay Helberg maintains a very large collection of probability and
statistics links (no resources)
Carnegie-Mellon University maintains StatLib, an electronic repository of things
of statistical interest, including data sets. Note in
particular the "Data and Story Library," an on-line source related to the EESEE
collection of case studies that is included on the BPS CD-ROM.
The Journal of Statistics
Education, an electronic journal of the American Statistical Association,
contains much of interest to teachers of statistics.
The Chance Web site, hosted by Dartmouth
College, provides timely "current events" material to supplement a statistics course.
If you want to find some examples of "bad statistics," visit
these sites, whose names are self-explanatory:
junkscience.com and mathmistakes.com.
It is useful for students to visit "real statistics" sites to
get a glimpse of the richness of the subject:
- Ask students to locate facts about their home counties at the
Census Bureau, or read the latest press
release about employment and unemployment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Look under "Economic News
Releases" and then under "Employment & Unemployment" for releases with the
title "Employment Situation." Also, the unified
gateway to federal statistical agencies is comprehensive
but a bit overwhelming.
Find current Gallup Poll press releases and Gallup's explanations of
how sample surveys work here. The
Council on Public Polls has statements on
"Principles of Disclosure" and "20 Questions for Journalists" that
make interesting reading.
The abstracts of current medical research in the New England
Journal of Medicine demonstrate that you must know some statistics to
read medical literature. Choose a clinical trial and an observational study from the
available abstracts, then ask students to search for them by subject and to write a
description of the design, the explanatory and response variables, and
Applets deserve separate mention. You can find a large number of
attractive interactive animated simulations that demonstrate important
facts about probability and statistics. We recommend these for class
demonstrations as well as for student work, particularly if you are not
using software in your course. Most are at university locations, and
their URLs change often.
First, we must mention the applets at the
BPS companion website.
David Lane of Rice University has an excellent collection of Java
applets and links to other similar sites
Also, look at the collection by Todd Ogden and R. Webster West at the
University of South Carolina, here.
Another nice applet collection, from the University of Newcastle in
Australia, is SurfStat.
This URL has changed often in the past, so you may need to search for "surfstat."
emphasizing probability, by Charles Stanton of California State University at San
Another that is especially strong in probability (look at the poker hand
applet) is by Kyle Siegrist of the University of Alabama at Huntsville:
- You can estimate the value of π by throwing virtual darts here.
Want to select an SRS or do experimental randomization, even for large
samples, and bypass the table of random digits? Visit the
Additional resources (not included in the BPS instructor's guide):