K. Final Projects

This is a very open-ended group or individual project that encompasses the key themes that you learned about in stats class this year.  The two graded components are the proposal and the final deliverable.  Note that all points for this project make-up their own category in the gradebook worth

Proposal (30 points):
  • Your team will need to create a Google Doc named "Stats Final Project for [your team name]" and share it with your teacher.
  • 3 points: Describe the question you have -- what are you trying to find out?  Be specific, as this question will drive the specifics of your data collection.  Explain WHY you care or find this to be an interesting question.
  • 3 points: Describe the design of your study -- is this a simple survey, and observational study, or an experiment?  How are you using randomness to make your results valid?  If you're experimenting, how are you using a control?  What data you will collect from whom?
  • 3 points: What statistical analysis tools will you use to process your raw data?  How will you do it?
  • 3 points: How will you present your findings?  All presentations must be digitized in some form -- video is the most common option.  Beyond the format, consider how creative you are able to be with how you share your process and results with the class.
  • 3 points: Create a timeline of when you will do various parts of the project.  Remember that everything MUST be handed in at the start of class on Thursday, January 21st.
  • 3 points: You must include all members of the team and what you propose that they will contribute.  This needs to be specific enough to make it clear that everyone has both a time investment and a "thinking portion" of the project.  Teams that cannot justify enough work for all team members will need to split into smaller teams.
  • 12 points: You need to create a detailed rubric worth 50 points to grade your final deliverable and accompanying work.  It is up to you to decide how to divide up the points, but I will need to approve it, so be reasonable.  Good rubrics will include measures of the quality of the content, the accuracy of the statistical methods used, an effective demonstration of teamwork, being able to hit interim deadlines, and use of creativity in the final product.  It must be written to be very clear -- don't leave your grade up to my whimsical interpretation -- make it obvious why you did your work well!  If you need a starting point, see an example.  Please don't just copy this -- modify to make it your own.
Product (50 points):
  • This is based completely on your rubric.  During the project, you will be able to edit both the proposal and the rubric, but I will need to re-check it if you make changes (think of it like a contract where changes need to be signed off by both parties).

A few example videos from a few years ago:
Additional topic ideas:
  • See links below for past student in-depth projects
  • Extend a project we did in class to make it much more interesting / unique
  • Analyze an existing data set and find new patterns / meaning
  • Partner with a community organization
  • Study a game and how players score under different strategies / conditions
  • Study a sport/activity (basketball, archery, ping pong, etc)
  • Observe human behavior in a public place