STA 3014 Team Project
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The project is a way for you to make sense
out of data for yourselves and communicate the results to others. In general,
you must motivate why the statistical study is important, go through data
gathering, data summarization, data analysis, and discussion stages. Each
of these elements must be addressed in both the written report and the
Written Report (140 points)
The written report should be completed using
word processing software and in which appropriate graphics are pasted.
The written report should have an executive summary that is a one-page
overview of the whole project. It should have brief statements that explain
The rest of the report includes sections labeled
Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control. These sections should expand
on the executive summary. See the handout, Proposal Part B, for descriptions.
The motivation for the study,
How the data was collected including sources,
A statistical description of the data,
A brief summary of your statistical analysis,
Consider the following guidelines in producing
In-Class Presentation (30 points)
Make sure the executive summary is titled and
that it is the first item seen on the report. Bullet points are effective.
The summary is usually compiled after the rest of the report is completed.
The Define sand Measure sections may be copied
from the proposals that you have already turned-in. Make sure you make
any necessary modifications.
The Analyze section should contain both graphical
and numerical summaries on each variable in the study. It should also contain
a comparison or a correlation that was tested statistically. All of these
must be generated in Excel. The results and conclusions must be stated
Use the statistical results to draw some conclusion
about your application in your Improve section. Answer the question, "how
do we use these results?" Your discussion should be in non-statistical
terms, that is, your findings should be communicated in such a way that
a person who has never had a statistics class can understand the results.
Once you determine what improvements can be achieved
with your results, discuss how the improvement may be sustained in the
A description of the activities carried out by
each individual is required. Identify who completed what portion of the
work. All team members sign the report under the statement: We, the
undersigned, certify that the actual project composition was done by us
as stated and is original work.
The class presentation will focus on a verbal
summary of your written report.
Your grade will be based on completeness, clarity,
technical correctness, originality, and support materials (visual aids,
software output, etc.). Professionalism is of utmost importance in your
presentation. Think of your team as a provider of statistical services
for business and you are demonstrating your competence. Your presentation
and write-up should make the case for your team to be hired on a future
The presentation should be a team effort.
A maximum of 4.5 minutes will be allotted for
each presentation, therefore plan for 4 minutes. Practice is important.
Points will be deducted if you go over. Do not try to make a ten-minute
talk fit into the time allowed by talking faster. Try to distill the information
into only the essentials.
The presentation should be like a "verbal" executive
summary described above.
Visual aids are important. You may use bullet
points to summarize. Make sure you type or write large enough (18 point
or higher). Excel output may also be used -- graphics are especially effective.
A document projector that uses ordinary paper
is available in all but the 8 AM recitations. Overhead transparencies may
be used in 8 AM recitations. PowerPoint is also available.
Make sure you explain your conclusion in non-statistical