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Jim Swift

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Posted: Nov 20, 1996 9:58 AM
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>Subject: BOUNCE apstat-l: Admin request
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>Subject: Statistics By Example
> Three months ago I asked here for help finding the 1971 draft lottery
> data. Several people were kind enough to help, and I have been able to
> use that data this semester.
> I suppose it's not surprising that yesterday I found the data in my own
> books. I was looking for something else, and opened the fourth
> _Statistics By Example_ (SBE) booklet on "Finding Models". There, the
> first article by Stephen E. Fienberg is entitled "Randomization for the
> Selective Service Draft Lotteries," and contains the data for both the
> 1970 and 1971 lotteries, as well as a nice discussion of relevant issues.
> I mention this because those younger than I am, who are doing AP
> Statistics, might not know that there have been at least two prior
> significant attempts to make statistics a viable part of secondary-level
> programs. The first I know about occurred in the early 60s when the
> College Board's Commission on Mathematics recommended statistics as an
> option for a 12th grade course. Since no textbook aimed at high school
> students existed, a soft- cover book with a gray cover (hence, "the gray
> book") was written by Frederick Mosteller (Harvard), Robert E.K. Rourke
> (the Kent School, Kent, CT, if I remember correctly), and George B.
> Thomas (MIT). The book was conceived in a different era, of course, and
> had a much stronger dose of probability and a mathematical treatment of
> statistics, insofar as that could be done without calculus. It was
> highly regarded, was used in a highly visible Continental Classroom TV
> course, but probably was used much more in colleges than in high schools.
> At any rate, statistics in the high school remained mostly dormant.
> In the early 70s there was a joint NCTM/ASA committee that organized and
> wrote the SBE series. My discovery of Fienberg's article yesterday was
> not only a bit of nostalgia for me; it stimulated me to argue now that
> these slender volumes are still rich in material for today's AP
> Statistics teachers. All the articles are meant to be read by high
> school students. Some succeed better than others, I'm sure, and some are
> more "mathematical" than others. But here are some of the other items I
> find in the SBE "Finding Models" volume:
> S. Chatterjee, Estimating Wildlife Populations by the Capture-
> Recapture Method
> W.H. Kruskal, Tom Paine and Social Security
> A.R. Eckler, The Similarity of Two Poems
> A.R. Eckler, How to Buy a Used Telescope
> In the third volume in the SBE series, "Detecting Patterns," I find these
> items:
> R.G. Brown, "Predicting the Outcome of the World Series"
> R.B. D'Agostino, "How Much Does a 40-Pound Box of Bananas Weigh?"
> S. Zahl, "Grocery Shopping and the Central Limit Theorem"
> S.E. Fienberg, "The Case of the Vanishing Women Jurors"
> C. Morris, "Breaking Deadlocks in Hockey: Prediction and
> Correlation"
> I no longer have the first two volumes, having lent them to a friend 20
> years ago, who did not return them. They are certainly out of print, but
> it should be possible to find them, at least in some places, through
> inter-library loan.
> Although the SBE books seem to have suffered the same fate as the gray
> book--no significant effect, at least at the time--I think they still
> have something to offer for secondary-level statistics instruction.
> They're worth a look.
> ==============================================
> Bruce King
> Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
> Western Connecticut State University
> 181 White Street
> Danbury, CT 06810
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