LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provided a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses was on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.

October 12, 2010
Design of Experiments
Instructor: Dr. Chris Franck

Sound experimental design is of vital importance when conducting any scientific experiment. Choices made at the design stage have the potential to drastically impact the results of any study. A strong experimental design gives the researcher an improved chance of a successful experiment. A poorly considered or implemented design can have a ruinous effect on the investigation. In this short course basic elements of experimental design such as randomization, replication, and blocking will be discussed using real world experiments. Interpretation of experimental results will be compared and contrasted with interpretation of results from observational studies.

See course page for files and pre-course assignment (

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