STAT 518 (Nonparametric Statistics)

Fall 2017


David Hitchcock, associate professor of statistics


Syllabus: (Word document) or (pdf document)

Office Hours -- Fall 2017

Mon-Wed-Fri, 10:45-11:55 a.m., or please feel free to make an appointment to see me at other times.

Office: 209A LeConte College
Phone: 777-5346

Class Meeting Time

MWF 9:40 am - 10:30 am, WMBB Nursing 409 or via distance by streaming video

Current Textbook

Practical Nonparametric Statistics (3rd Edition), by W.J. Conover, Wiley, 1999.
[NOTE: This is an older book, but an excellent one. If you can find a reasonably priced used copy, I highly recommend getting it.]

Course Description

518—Nonparametric Statistical Methods (3) (Prereq: A grade of C or better in STAT 515 or equivalent) Application of nonparametric statistical methods rather than mathematical development. Levels of measurement, comparisons of two independent populations, comparisons of two dependent populations, test of fit, nonparametric analysis of variance, and correlation.

Purpose: To introduce the principles and applications of commonly used nonparametric methods. To compare these methods to their parametric counterparts. To introduce the basic methods for analyzing contingency tables.

Computing Resources

R is available as a free download from the CRAN home page).
This software is also available on the computers in the labs in LeConte College (and a few other buildings).
Help in using R can be found on the CRAN home page.

Downloading Instructions for R

Course Notes

These are some incomplete notes that we will fill in during the lectures.
You may print out these notes ahead of time and bring them to class.
After we cover each section, I will post filled-in versions of the notes on this course web page.


NOTE: When you turn in the homeworks, you may either turn in a hard copy to me by hand, or you may submit the homework to me through email (Word document or pdf is preferred for submissions via email).

Homework Solutions

R Code for Class Examples

Formula Sheets

You may bring to the first exam one standard-sized sheet of paper with anything you want written on it (for example, you should write any formulas you may need).

Review Sheets

Information about Project

Exam Solutions