Robin H. Lock
Mathematics Department
St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY 13617 USA
Presented at
A One-Day Conference for Teachers of Statistics
Sponsored by
Boston Chapter of the American Statistical Association
Saturday, March 28, 1998 at Babson College

1. Introduction
2. On-line Course Materials
3. On-line Texts
4. JAVA Demonstrations
5. Electronic Journals
6. Electronic Discussion Lists
7. Data, Data, and More Data
7.1 Dataset Archives
7.2 Pages of Links to Datasites
7.3 Government and Official Agencies
7.4 Data About the Web
7.5 Textbook data

8. Miscellaneous Links
9. Conclusion


The purpose of this paper is to direct browsers/readers to websites that typify the various sorts of resources which are currently available via the World Wide Web to help support statistics instruction. We assume that you are accessing this version on-line with a browser which enables you to check out the resources and links that you find most interesting. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the Web, some links may no longer be available, some may have radically modified content, and new resources are appearing at a steady rate. We will update these links periodically to try to provide a current snapshot of the status of WWW resources for teaching statistics. Your assistance in pointing out dead links and suggesting additional resources to be included is greatly appreciated. Comments can be sent to rlock@vm.stlawu.edu.

Section 2- On-line Course Materials

More and more instructors are providing course materials to their students through websites. In addition to providing convenient access for students, these pages can be perused by instructors at other institutions looking for hints and ideas to improving their own courses.

General Introductory

AP Statistics (High School) Linear Models Multivariate Business/Management Psychology Education Lots of Courses

Section 3- On-line Texts

Several individuals and groups have undertaken ambitious projects to develop statistics textbooks that can be accessed via the Web. Some examples...

Section 4- JAVA Demonstrations

The emergence of JAVA as a platform-independent Web programming language has encouraged individuals to develop interactive demonstration software which can be accessed over the Web. NOTE: Although you can link to these sites with almost any Web browser, you must use a JAVA-capable browser to see and execute the applets.

Some of our favorite individual JAVA applets (selected from the sites listed below):

The sites below contain collections of  JAVA applets or links to applets at various locations which are relevant to statistics instruction. Statistics Packages available as JAVA applications over the Web: Non-java demonstrations: Java is not the only method for showing "live" demonstrations

Section 5- Electronic Journals & Newsletters


Section 6 - Electronic Discussion Lists

These e-lists allow instructors to share questions, ideas and announcements related to teaching statistics, practicing statistics, and statistical computing.  Although e-mail discussion lists are part of the wider Internet resources, the websites which archive the messages also provide good resources for searching through past discussions.

Section 7- Data, Data, and More Data

Need an example of a regression which is drastically altered by an influential outlier? Want to find some data to illustrate descriptive statistics which will appeal to students interested in environmental issues? Looking for a multivariate dataset to serve as the basis for next week's midterm exam? Have a student who loves horse racing and wants to use data from past runnings of the Kentucky Derby for her project? The Web is the place to find loads of data sources, often in downloadable formats.

We'll divide our look at Web data into different types of resources:

7.1 Dataset Archives
7.2 Pages of Links to Datasites
7.3 Government and Official Agencies
7.4 Data About the Web
7.5 Textbook data

Section 7.1- Dataset Archives

Section 7.2- Pages of Links to Datasites

Section 7.3- Government & Official Agencies Data

There's tons of data produced by various govenment departments, although it often takes a bit of digging to find it. State Data Centers - a list maintained at the Census Bureau to give links to various official data sources in each state.

International Statistical Agencies - a similar Census Bureau list with links to official statistics branches in most countries.


Section 7.4- Data About the Web

Want to measure some feature of Web pages? You'll need a way to randomly sample pages... How do colleges and universities present themselves on the Web? Sample from the list at

Section 7.5- Textbook Data

Data from a number of popular textbooks can now be found on the Web. Note that in most cases, you'll need a copy of the book in order to place the proper context with the data.

Section 8- Miscellaneous Links

Sites with good general links related to teaching statistics: Need some questions for that next quiz or exam, check: To find a statistical software provider's webpage: Information on statistics textbooks (including reviews): Other sites to start browsing

 Section 9- Conclusion

The development of the World Wide Web has produced unprecedented global means for instructors to easily share their ideas on ways to improve the teaching of statistics. Although the volume of on-line material may seem daunting, and the process of searching for worthwhile information can be frustrating, the rewards, both for instructors and our students, can be quite substantial. If current trends continue, universal access to the Web should become easier and more common, on-line applications should become even more sophisticated, and useful resources should continue to appear at a steady rate.

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