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MAT209 L5 best colleges

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									Lab 5   WHAT'S WHAT AMONG AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES?

Must be done in groups of 3 or 4

This is a very advanced exploratory data analysis problem. You may choose to consider just a subset
of schools or examine regional patterns. The main point is to find innovative ways to display the
interesting features of the data.

Here are some things I would like you to consider:
   1) How does a Grinnell College fair in the data?
   2) Is Grinnell College tuition in line with what the other characteristics of your school suggest it
        should be? {Use regression or other methods to predict tuition using the other variables.}
   3) Can we find a reasonable way to rank the schools?
   4) Create your own question using this data and develop an answer.


10 Points For Tuesday, Feb 22nd, turn in a typed solution for problems 1-3. If applicable, create
graphs or charts for each problem. Give explanations for your work in each problem.

20 points The following Tuesday March 1st, be prepared to work on a 5-10 minute presentation of 4)
to the entire class .This presentation should include some type of graph or chart. Create a presentation
using the computer or by making a poster.

You will make your presentation as a group and will be evaluated on how well you worked with your
group as well as the rubric listed on the back.


Data are from the 1995 U.S. News report on American colleges and universities Guide to America's
Best Colleges. They include demographic information on tuition, room & board costs, SAT or ACT
scores, application/acceptance rates, student/faculty ratio, graduation rate, and more. The dataset is
used for the 1995 Data Analysis Exposition, sponsored by the Statistical Graphics Section of the
American Statistical Association.
                                     Mathematical Reasoning Rubric
Score                                  Explanation and Readability
5       Interesting topic. Well presented. Well organized. Appropriate, easy-to-read graphs.
        Proper title, legend, labels, spacing and orientation on each graph/chart. Minimal
        GUMPS problems (Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Punctuation, Spelling)
4
3       Adequately written and organized. Easy-to-read graph/chart is used that appropriately
        displays the data. Minimal to Moderate GUMPS
2
1       Graph/chart is present.

                                       Assumptions and Applicability
5       Students use information (from class, text and other) to identify critical causes of bias or
        lack of applicability and answer how these should be addressed. Students properly
        identify all critical assumptions that are being made, test these assumptions (if possible),
        and respond appropriately.
4
3       Students identify some causes of bias or lack of applicability and answer how these
        should be addressed. Students properly identify all critical assumptions that are being
        made, test these assumptions (if possible), and respond appropriately.
2
1       Student identifies some causes of bias or assumptions made and gives the correct
        response to some of these.

                                                Calculations
5       Correct formulas used in calculations and a solid explanation of why each formula was
        used. Appropriate level of detail for each calculation.
4
3       Proper formulas and most calculations correct
2
1       Proper formulas used in most cases

                                               Conclusions
5       A logical, coherent and concise conclusion is drawn that matches the results of the
        computations. Student correctly identifies issues that could affect the conclusions.
        Student offers suggestions for additional work that could be done to improve the results.
4
3       Well though out conclusions, with some justification. Conclusions match results of
        computations.
2
1       The student states conclusions.

								
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