Statistics Enrichment Camp

 

The Statistics Enrichment Camp was held on 2 June. Organised by the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability, the camp introduces statistics to secondary school and junior college students and shows them how statistics can be applied in real-world situations.

The programme featured a broad range of topics, including the various job aspects of a statistician as well as intriguing hands-on activities including a DIY lie detector test.

Deputy Head (Academic) of the Department Prof LIM Tiong Wee gave the students an overview of the department and its programmes. Prof CHOI Kwok Pui then delivered a talk on the correlation that exists between stable marriage problems and kidney transplant allocation. Dr Vik GOPAL shared on the roles of statisticians at the workplace and the attributes of a good statistician.

 

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Prof Lim Tiong Wee introduced the department and its programmes

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Prof Choi Kwok Pui discussed the correlation between stable marriage problems and kidney transplant allocation

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Dr Vik Gopal spoke on the job aspects of statisticians

To better understand the application of statistics, students were divided into small groups to participate in hands-on activities. One of the activities was to identify the liars and truth-tellers amongst selected students through a lie detector test, constructed from the Arduino Uno, Seeed Grove heart rate sensors and other electrical components.

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Selected students had the opportunity to take a lie detector test

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Students had fun during the hands-on activities 

WEI Ming, a Pre-University student at Millenia Institute, said, “The camp was a truly enriching experience. It provided me a deeper understanding of statistics. I also learnt statistical applications through engaging activities.”

KONG Wai Seng, a Year 1 student in Nanyang Junior College, said, “The programme gave many insights into the relevance of statistics in daily life. The application of statistics to solve real-world problems, such as increasing birth rates, and how lie detectors work, made for intriguing discussion topics. The programme was also appropriately paced and easy to understand.”

Mr A CHANDRAGUS, a teacher from Queenstown Secondary School, said, “Perfect fit is a key issue in the economics of supply and demand. How it can be forged mathematically through a Gale-Shapley matching algorithm is stunning.”

He added, “The camp also simulated real data collection by applying scientific methods and using Arduino in the heartbeat readings of students. The data munging was done using a simple median smooth technique and - voila - you have a DIY lie detector!”