Using R as a Simulation Tool in Teaching Introductory Statistics
Xuemao Zhang 1 * , Zoe Maas 1
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1 East Stroudsburg University, USA* Corresponding Author


The use of computer simulations in the teaching of introductory statistics can help undergraduate students understand difficult or abstract statistics concepts. The free software environment R is a good candidate for computer simulations since it allows users to add additional functionality by defining new functions. In this paper, we illustrate how computer simulations with R are used in statistics classrooms and student homework assignments by examples. These examples include sampling distributions and the central limit theorem, the t-distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and nonparametric tests.


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Article Type: Research Article

INT ELECT J MATH ED, 2019, Volume 14, Issue 3, 599-610

Publication date: 14 May 2019

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