STAT 041. Topics in Statistics
Course content varies from year to year depending on student and faculty interest. In the fall of 2019, the topic will be quantitative paleontology and the course will explore current research in paleobiology and macroevolution. For instance, does evolutionary change generally occur gradually or in short bursts? What factors make species more likely to go extinct? The course will focus on statistical methods used to answer such questions, rather than theory or proofs. Class meetings will include lectures, discussion of journal articles, and conversations with paleontologists via skype. It will also cover aspects of scientific careers such as grants, journals, and reviewing.
Prerequisite: STAT 011 or equivalent, or BIOL 002
Natural science and engineering.
Eligible for GLBL-Core
Fall 2019. Wang.
Fall 2020. Staff.
Catalog chapter: Mathematics and Statistics
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/mathematics-statistics