Written exercises

Do exercises 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 from the notes on the normal distribution.

Projects

The course website mentions some projects, including a data project and a paper project. I intend for these to be reasonably short projects where you get to explore a dataset and statistical method that may be of interest to you. The rough guidelines are as follows:

  1. Data project: Describe some multivariate data that we haven’t used in class that is of a reasonable size. Apply at least two different multivariate techniques to the data. The techniques you apply do not need to be “correct” or “optimal”, but you do need to comment on their appropriateness, and possibly other techniques or models that would be more appropriate.

  2. Paper project: Describe mathematically a multivariate technique that interests you. This could be something we’ve done in class that you would like to explore further, or something we haven’t discussed in class.

You should start thinking about what you would like to work on for each of these, and let me know what your intended topics are once you think you know. If you want to stray from the basic format described above, come talk to me and we can come up with an alternative format. If you would like to combine the two projects in some way, let me know. You should talk to me about your initial ideas for each of these projects by March 1.