Fall 2012

Multivariate Data Analysis

Listed in: Mathematics and Statistics, as MATH-330

Formerly listed as: MATH-23

Moodle site: Course


Amy S. Wagaman (Section 01)


Real world experiments often provide data that consist of many variables. When confronted with a large number of variables, there may be many different directions to proceed, but the direction chosen is ultimately based on the question(s) being asked. In biology, one could ask which observed characteristics distinguish females from males in a given species. In archeology, one could examine how the observed characteristics of pottery relate to their location on the site, look for clusters of similar pottery types, and gain valuable information about the location of markets or religious centers in relation to residential housing. This course will explore how to visualize large data sets and study a variety of methods to analyze them. Methods covered include principal components analysis, factor analysis, classification techniques (discriminant analysis and classification trees) and clustering techniques. This course will feature hands-on data analysis in weekly computer labs, emphasizing application over theory. Four class hours per week.

Limited to 20 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Wagaman.


Science & Math for non-majors, Quantitative Reasoning


2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2012, Fall 2014