Presentations at Joint Mathematics Meetings to Highlight Use of Minitab Statistical Software in the Classroom

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At the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Md. January 15-18, educators will discuss the use of Minitab Statistical Software, the leading software package for statistics education, to teach introductory statistics courses.

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For educators attending the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Md., three sessions will feature examples from Minitab and highlight how statistical software can be used in the classroom.

Professors rely on statistical software to help them teach statistical calculations and concepts to their students. Minitab Inc., the leading provider of software for statistics education, recognizes the challenges faced by educators and students, and designed Minitab Statistical Software to help instructors teach and students learn.

Minitab is used at more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world, and contains all the statistical tools educators and students need in one package. From graphing to regression, to hypothesis testing and probability, Minitab makes it easy for students to understand and apply statistics to real world scenarios.

For educators attending the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Md., three sessions will feature examples from Minitab and highlight how statistical software can be used in the classroom.

Patricia Humphrey, Professor of Mathematical Statistics at Georgia Southern University, will present "Modeling – It’s harder than you might think" on Friday, January 17, at 4:40 p.m. in room 339 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Humphrey’s presentation will discuss the benefits of using Minitab to help introductory-level statistics students perform and understand statistical modeling.

“I believe students must walk before they can run, so modeling in my introductory statistics courses starts slowly,” Humphrey says. “One assignment for this course involves students using Minitab to model the value of houses in the Statesboro, Ga. Area. I’ll discuss this assignment, as well as the challenges involved in an investigation modeling the rate of leaf decay under different conditions.”

In addition, Sue Schou, Assistant Professor at Idaho State University, will present "Data Visualization Using Minitab, Google Fusion Tables, and Tableau" on Friday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m. in room 339 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Schou’s presentation will cover new ways to analyze and visualize data. Specific instructions will be discussed and a variety of data sets will be examined, using Minitab and other tools.

Brandon Theiss, an industrial engineer who has worked in the field for over 10 years, will present "A Starbucks Coffee in less than 5 minutes?" on behalf of Rutgers University. Theiss’s presentation, which is scheduled for 8:20 a.m. in room 345 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will discuss research that first attempts to define and parameterize the wait times that a customer experiences for a cup of coffee at the local Starbucks and then explores the performance of the retailer to meet customer expected wait times.

Minitab representatives will be on hand throughout the Joint Mathematical Meetings, as well as during the event’s expo, January 15 – 18 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Attendees are invited to visit the Minitab booth (#401) to learn more about the company’s products and services, which also include training, statistical mentoring and free technical support.

Meeting participants can connect with Minitab during the gathering and keep up-to-date with event happenings on Twitter.

About Minitab
Minitab Inc. delivers software and services for statistics education and quality improvement. Thousands of distinguished companies use Minitab software, including Toshiba, DuPont, Boeing, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nestlé, and Pfizer.

Minitab Statistical Software has been used in virtually every major Six Sigma initiative around the world, and is used to teach statistics in over 4,000 colleges and universities. Quality Companion is used worldwide to plan and execute Six Sigma projects. Quality Trainer is an online e-learning course that teaches statistics for quality improvement. All Minitab products are backed by outstanding services, including training and free technical support.

Minitab Inc., headquartered in State College, Pa., operates offices in the United Kingdom, France, and Australia and has additional representatives throughout the world.

A free, fully functional, 30-day trial version of the company’s flagship product, Minitab 16 Statistical Software, is available at

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