# Mathematical statistics

Option 1: Data‐based study in the news, magazine, paper, or social media. Analyze the study, identify the type of study (experiment vs. observational), population, sample, use of a placebo, potential bias, validity of logic, use or misuse of statistics, possible fallacies involved, etc. and determine if the conclusion is valid. The focus should be analyzing its reliability critically from statistical and logical standpoints, using what we learned in Ch. 5 and Ch. 1. Here are sample topics under this option. Find some statistical or quantitative study on  Recreational use of marijuana—for or against?  Danger of vaping—how bad is it?  Gun control and gun violence—more restrictions or not?  Vaccination for children—mandatory or optional?  Safety of football (or another sport)—how serious is the problem?  Capital punishment—for or against? Why?  Police brutality, violence against police officers—what are the facts?  College tuition and student loans—what are some implications for future students?  Cost of universal (national) health care—can America afford it?  Movie industry—how big is it? Will it stay big?  Secret for living long—what are they? Sure? Option 2: Any mathematical topic contained in the book or some other creative topic related to mathematics, including topics on art, music, history, government, politics, finance, media, sociology, etc. as related to mathematical ideas. Any mathematical topic contained in the book or some other creative topic related to mathematics, including topics on art, music, history, government, politics, finance, media, sociology, etc. as related to mathematical ideas.