Economics 371 first lecture Spring 2009

# Minitab and excel can be used together if you like by

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Minitab and Excel can be used together if you like, by cutting and pasting worksheets from one application into the other.

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What about Data? Are we going to have to type the data into a spreadsheet or is there an easier way?
Minitab Handbook Problems Data resides on the server in the ITC labs. In any ITC lab, click on FILE > OPEN WORKSHEET and you should see the datasets used in the Minitab Handbook problems. The data should also be there by default in any version downloaded from ITC.

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Anderson, Sweeny, and Williams Problems A data CD comes in the back of the book. The data sets can be read off the CD. I recommend you copy them to your home directory. When data is needed for an assignment, this graphic appears in the margin. file CD Filename
Additional Problems There are a few additional problems that use computer data sets not included in the book. The data sets for these problems can be downloaded from the web.

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REMEMBER In a pinch (you left the data disk at home, the data file is corrupted, etc.) it usually takes only a few minutes to type a data set into a spreadsheet.
Grading Quizzes, 3 over the semester, 36% Homework done on computer, 20% Comprehensive Final Exam, 44%

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Goals of the Class Learn statistical theory well enough to solve computationally simple problems with only a pocket calculator. Learn how to use computer software to solve computationally difficult problems. Learn how to correctly interpret statistical results, whether derived by hand or by use of the computer. Learn to recognize real world situations where statistics can be applied to gain new insights.
Goals and Grading Our testing technology makes it straightforward to test your ability to solve problems by hand and interpret the results.

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