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The final project should be an investigation of something of a statistical or probabilistic nature. While many people choose to do a survey, this is not required. We expect that you will be using the methods for analyzing data that we have studied (or will study) in this course. There are two parts to the project: a poster displaying your results, and a paper detailing your work.
While we will allow people to work in groups of up to four people, we will expect more work from groups than from individuals. Overall, the amount of work that someone does should be the same, whether or not they are in a group.
In order to make sure that everyone has a chance to talk to us about their project, we want to schedule a meeting with each group once your project proposal is finished. Project proposals are due November 12th, and should include an abstract (one or two paragraph summary of your project) and an introduction (roughly one page introducing your subject matter, and what you intend to do to test/measure/study you subject).
We will have a day at the end of the term, probably during Finals week, for you to display your posters. Most likely this will be a couple of days before the due date for the paper, December 7th.
If you are stuck for a project idea, here are some that we have come up with. You might also try the Dartmouth Chance Website.
If you have any questions, please send us email.