About

I’m a math professor at a liberal arts college.  I teach two introductory statistics courses each year — one using R with RStudio and the other using Microsoft Excel (or the free alternative LibreOffice Calc).

I love teaching stats with lots of computation on datasets (in either R or Excel or LibreOffice) because I think students should come away from a course with a solid body of skills that they can apply in whatever their real world turns out to be.  In my view the traditional computer lab falls short.  A course in which students learn statistics with SPSS or a similar proprietary software prepares those few students who will go on to grad school or industry if their new institution has site license for the same software.  For my students, having stats software installed on their machine and the experience and expertise to use this software to solve problems and create documents that can communicate their solutions to coworkers is a powerful life-long advantage.   For  those same reasons, in all the other math classes I teach we use the free open-source computer algebra system Maxima.  I have a blog about that too:  TheMaximalist.org!

I  use this blog to record things that my students and I  find useful as together we explore these two programs as we learn statistics.