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Statistical Thinking Diagrams and Models

A page where Chris Wild's various models and diagrams of aspects of statistical thinking accumulate


From: Pfannkuch, M., Regan, M., Wild, C. and Horton, N.J. (2010) Telling Data Stories: Essential Dialogues for Comparative Reasoning.Journal of Statistics Education, 18(1).

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Looking at data

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From: Forster, M. and Wild, C. Writing about findings: Integrating teaching and assessment. In, Assessment Methods in Statistical Education, P. Bidgood, N. Hunt and F. Joliffe (eds), West Sussex: Wiley, 87 102, 2010.

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Data analysis cycle

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From: : Wild, C.J. and Pfannkuch, M. (1999) "Statistical thinking in empirical enquiry" (with discussion). International Statisitical Review, 67, 221-266.

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Learning via statistics

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Investigative Cycle
(Statistical investigation cycle/PPDAC cycle)

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Types of Thinking

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Interrogative Cycle

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Dispositions

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From Inkling to Plan

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Shuttling between the spheres

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Using any technique

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Distillation and Encapsulation

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Sources of variation in data

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Practical responses to variation

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Investigating variability

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Drilling down into Plan

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Drilling down into Measurement within Plan

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From: : Wild, Chris (2006). The concept of distribution", Statistics Education Research Journal, 5(2), 10-26.

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"Distribution" as a lens

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Empirical versus theoretical distributions

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Incorporating the sampling distribution

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From: : Wild, Chris, "Virtual Environments and the Acceleration of Experiential Learning", International Statistical Review, 75, 322-335, 2007.


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Making Connections

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Miscellaneous from recent talks

Used in the reading at the RSS in London on World Statistics Day (20/10/2010) of Wild, C.J., M. Pfannkuch, M., Regan, M. and Horton, N.J. (2011) Towards more accessible conceptions of statistical Inference. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A, in press.

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World through Glass 1

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World through Glass 2

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Used in the CW's discussion of the papers in the President's Session of ICOTS 8 in Slovenia July 2010.

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Questions are more important than answers

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Questions: A springboard to thinking

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Miscellaneous from Teaching

Stat Man and Stat Woman : While these are not themselves "statistical thinking pictures", when used as characters who ask habitual statistical questions (e.g. "Real of random?") or giving routinely repeated statsitical answers they can form building blocks for fostering statistical thinking habits of mind.


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Stat Man up

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Stat Man down

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Stat Woman up

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Stat Woman down

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