Christopher A. Schmitt, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Biology
Office: Stone Science Building (STO), 675 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 247E
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Statistical methods are the backbone of scientific research, but are often given short shrift when designing research in biological anthropology. The purpose of this seminar is two-fold: 1) to familiarize students with the use of relevant statistical programming packages (primarily R), and 2) to discuss select advances in statistical techniques from related disciplines that may help students while designing and implementing their own research projects.
Potential foci of discussion may include statistical methods for accounting for small sample sizes or non-normal data, using power analyses and preliminary statistics to justify data collection design, and the use of mixed models and information theoretic approaches to analyze a number of different data types. Although there will be a discussion element to the seminar, students should see this course as a guided workshop or practicum in which we learn by working with both our own and previously published datasets.
This course is open to students outside of Anthropology willing to learn the methods involved. Past students include undergraduate and graduate students from Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, and Economics.CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107/108 (for undergraduates) or graduate student standing, and/or consent of instructor. At least one semester of introductory statistics is recommended, but not required. Prior experience programming is helpful, but also not required.
This is a 4 credit seminar course. Seminar will be held once a week for a total of 3 hours. Please bring laptops or tablets to class loaded with appropriate software for course exercises (these can be found in Resources, above). Within CAS, these credits count as NS divisional credits towards the BA. This course is not (yet) integrated into the BU Hub.
Tillman available in print or electronic format from No Starch Press and O’Reilly Media; Kabacoff availble in print or electronic format from Manning Publications; both texts are available at Amazon.com.