Applications of Statistics to Libraries and Wrestling
Professor Mick Norton
Department of Mathematics, College of Charleston
6:00pm - 7:00pm, February 3 (Tuesday)
Room 205, Capers Hall
For the first application, a case study shows the kind of statistical thinking
which helped a library improve its book availability. By using barcodes to
identify random lists of books, taking small monthly samples, and updating a
simple control chart, the library was able to discover causes of book
unavailability, determine if system changes were needed, and determine if
changes were successful.
The second application is a statistical attempt to answer a curious question
which arises in amateur wrestling: "When a weigh-in shows that you are
slightly overweight for a particular weight class, does standing on your head
prior to a reweigh really help you "lose" weight?"