STAT 464: Applied Nonparametric Statistics

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course overview

The course will integrate exploratory data analysis and nonparametric statistical inference. The emphasis will be on analysis and interpretation of data. You should be familiar with summary statistics, graphs, hypothesis tests, confidence intervals and the basics of statistical inference.

Upon completion of this course students will:

  • Ascertain if the assumptions for parametric statistical tests are reasonably met for a data set.
  • Understand and implement permutation tests.
  • Understand and implement nonparametric statistical test.
  • Use statistical software to carry out various tests.

course topics

This graduate level course covers the following topics:

  • Review Of Introductory Level Statistics
  • One-Sample Tests
  • Two-Sample Tests
  • Two-Sample Tests
  • Test for Variances
  • One-Way Layout
  • Patterned Alternatives
  • Two-Way Layout
  • Repeated Measures
  • Trends and Correlation
  • Bootstrap
  • Other Topics (Time Permitting)


  • STAT 200, 401, 451, or 3 credits in statistics
  • Logic skills.


Higgins, Jame V. (2003). Introduction to Modern Nonparametric Statistics. 1st Edition, Duxbury Press. ISBN-10: 0534387756.


This course will use the statistical software program Minitab or R. See the Statistical Software page for more information.

assessment plan

Homework: The homework will consist of problems selected from the textbook or given within the notes and will be listed in the Homework schedule in Canvas.

Participation: The class will have discussion boards and you will be expected to follow the discussion boards and also participate in any discussions. You are also expected to keep up with all class communications and check Canvas on a regular basis.

Mid-Terms: The Midterms will be timed. They are to be submitted similarly to the Homework.

Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive (please see your course syllabus you receive upon enrollment for details).

academic integrity

All Penn State policies regarding ethics and honorable behavior apply to this course. Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception and is an educational objective of this institution. All University policies regarding academic integrity apply to this course. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating of information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.

For any material or ideas obtained from other sources, such as the text or things you see on the web, in the library, etc., a source reference must be given. Direct quotes from any source must be identified as such.

All exam answers must be your own, and you must not provide any assistance to other students during exams. Any instances of academic dishonesty WILL be pursued under the University and Eberly College of Science regulations concerning academic integrity. For more information on academic integrity, see Penn State's statement on plagiarism and academic dishonesty.

The Eberly College of Science Code of Mutual Respect and Cooperation embodies the values that we hope our faculty, staff, and students possess and will endorse to make The Eberly College of Science a place where every individual feels respected and valued, as well as challenged and rewarded.


Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) at 814-863-1807 (V/TTY). For further information regarding ODS, please visit the Office for Disability Services Web site at

In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines at If the documentation supports the need for academic adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academic adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.

course author

Dr. Tracey Hammel is the primary author of these course materials and has taught several different courses in the MAS program.