Comments from Statistics Text Book Authors

"The more I work with Resampling Stats, the more impressed I become. Its ease of use and computational speed are great . . . We need programs like yours." -- W. Becker, Indiana Univ. and author of Business and Economic Statistics with Computer Applications

"Students loved Resampling Stats, even those who thought they hated computing. I loved it too . . . Four-star rating from my students -- and me." -- Prof. T.H. Wonnacott, Dept. of Statistics, The Univ. of Western Ontario and author of Introductory Statistics for Business and Economics

"The further I have gotten into my writing project the more respect I have for Resampling Stats." -- Prof. C. Lunneborg, Univ. of Washington

"Resampling Stats software has particularly convenient commands for resampling. This simplicity makes the software ideal for statistical novices." -- P. Westfall and S. Young, Resampling-Based Multiple Testing (Wiley, 1993)


What Students Say About Resampling Stats

"A practical, hands-on experience with statistics . . . very exciting . . . It makes statistics almost interesting and appealing."--Z. Criado-Hedreen, geriatric dental fellow, School of Dentistry, Univ. of Maryland

". . . very easy to use and easy to get quick results."--M. Boers, School of Education, Univ. of Maryland

"I had studied probability through analytical methods before, but found it difficult to use in real life . . . I was frustrated. But on using Resampling Stats, it became so very natural to me. . . . I called on my friends and they too found it exciting . . . The beauty of the language is that little or no computer knowledge is required and as the program can be run a number of times, one can understand why and how probability varies in real life, a concept that cannot be handled as efficiently by analytical methods."--R.P. Sircar, graduate student in physics, IIT, Delhi, India

"It's wonderful! Very straightforward and easy."--K. Colwell

"Your program is great! Every conventional problem I've had in class I've been able to do on my own with Resampling Stats."--D. Moorman, Purdue Univ., Indianapolis

"Resampling Stats is a program that lets you understand what you are doing, is easy to use, and should be sufficient for most cases."--M. Faerber, Giegen/Brenz, Germany

Student Comments About Introductory Business Statistics With Resampling (several courses 1990-93)
Note: This was an introductory statistics course. No computer experience was required, and this was the first exposure to a computer for a number of students. College of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Overall reaction to the course:

"Much more 'useful' way of teaching statistics"
"Actually learning something positive"
"Gives me a better understanding"
"Definitely easier to learn than calculus because it is more interesting"
"I like the resampling method better than theoretical methods"
"I find this whole course interesting and exciting. Homework is challenging and fun. I enjoy it completely."
"Teaching me how to think logically"
"Teaches statistics with useful and practical implications"
"Like the format -- much more interesting than the [standard sections]"
"In comparison to the other [standard] sections it is more understandable"
"Interesting and easier to understand than [the standard sections]"
"Applies a practical approach to statistics"
"...very interesting ways to approach and solve problems."
"...it is making statistics a lot easier to understand"
"This course is interesting and lets me see things in a different perspective"
"I find it straightforward and clear. By not having to memorize equations, the course is not as difficult as the mathematical approach would be."

About the simulation method (as an alternative to a formula approach):

"much better, more tangible"
"simulation will be more useful to me in the future"
"much better because it's easier to understand and relate to in everyday situations"
"logical and easy to use"
"I think it's great, fast and fun"
"cool and quick"
"This method is awesome!"
"I think it's much better although at first I was worried"

About the Resampling Stats software and accompanying text:

"It has great examples and it's enjoyable reading. This text has helped me to understand certain concepts."
"Gives good reference for students on computer work"
"It goes with the lecture nicely -- it is almost too simple"
"I like the examples..."
"I have found Resampling Stats easy to use"
"I really like the computer. It helps me understand."
"Resampling Stats seems to make the whole learning process more complete and easier"
"Fun and not difficult to understand"
"Very effective"
"...lets the student have a hands-on approach to statistical problems"
"Very interesting ... good computer experience"
"Excellent -- will probably use more than the mathematical approach"
"I would never want to use the mathematical approach after taking this resampling class"
"Gives you a chance to see physically what is actually happening as opposed to just conceptualizing"
"Extremely user-friendly and few commands to remember"

General comments:

"I like the fact that the class gives you practical hands-on learning."
"Straightforward and clear. ... I am not against using calculus or mathematical applications. However, the simulation method keeps everything simple. Extremely user-friendly and very few commands to remember [about the software RESAMPLING STATS]."
"Teaches me how to think logically. [Resampling] makes much more sense than just using formulas."
"Simulation lets the student have a hands-on approach to statistical problems."
"[I] like the format -- much more interesting than what my friends are telling me about [the conventional] class. ... Excellent course, keeps my attention."
"In comparison to the other [conventional] sections it is more understandable."
"Interesting and fun. [The software] works very well."
"I feel that [the course] is making statistics a lot easier to understand."
"This class should have more sections available."
"Resampling Stats is easy to understand and should be required to use in stats courses."
"Overall Resampling Stats was easy to use."
"Resampling Stats helped me see the practical value of statistics."
"Nifty."
"It was simple to use."
"A very reasonable, self-explanatory program."
"It made statistics much more tolerable because I am not a math person."
"Interesting -- powerful program."
"Provides effective "hands-on" learning approach"
"It is really easy to use and access"
"Very user friendly and logical"
"User friendly -- makes understanding stats much easier"
"It made concepts such as confidence intervals and sampling size easier to understand."
"Useful in illustrating complex concepts"
"It is a logical way to understand statistics around us."
"Fast and easy to use"
"It was an interesting, useful way to teach this material."
"Lot easier than memorizing formulae"
"Simplifies a complex concept"
"The resampling method is incredible. I was afraid of statistics before. I've recommended this class to some of my friends. ... I feel that I've learned a lot."
"This course helped me to understand and analyze statistics better and more intuitively."
"More interesting than the way conventional statistics was taught."
"...resampling is far easier to understand than conventional methods."
"I thought that statistics would be a useless class where I just memorized equations -- I was wrong."
"[I was] pleasantly surprised, for I hate math and I have never understood 'statistics.' This course gave it some life. I recommend this course to all my friends."
"I liked [statistics] a lot more than I ever thought I would before I took this class."
"I learned a lot more ... than I originally expected."
"Much easier and more intuitive than parametric stats."
"I love resampling!"
"I find resampling very interesting and intend to continue using it."
"I've talked to my friends who took conventional statistics. They don't have nearly as good an understanding of statistics as I got from resampling."
"Learned a lot more than I thought I would."
"Much different than I had expected. I was prepared to memorize formulas."
"... This is my second time taking statistics. I took it the conventional way and I withdrew from that section. I had an absolutely terrible time ...it was a complete nightmare. ... the Resampling Stats I did a lot better with. It was a lot more logical. I could follow it, it made more sense. It wasn't just a bunch of formulas that you write on a notecard... I can see where I can use Resampling Stats for the rest of my life, whereas the formulas and stuff that you use with the conventional statistics really mean nothing at all."
"It was a lot better than the regular statistics class. ... It made me think a lot more. I think I'll be able to use this class more in life. ... I told my roommate about it and he's signed up for it next semester."
"I liked it. I think I did a lot better, and I think I'll know more than if I just did formulas..."
"I'll be able to apply this a lot more easily if I have a real problem to solve in business than I would with a formula."


What Teachers Say About Resampling Stats

"Very useful for helping students break through fear of statistics and the myster of complex algorithms." Daniel J. Walsh, School of Education, University of Illinois

"I have received Resampling Stats and I love it! It encourages the users to play and to explore when used in conjunction with in-class experiments with dice, coins, urns, etc., where it allows us to easily replicate our experiments through thousands of iterations and produce 'better' confidence intervals, it is FANTASTIC." -- Bill Qualls, Waubonsee Community College, IL

"Resampling Stats is an excellent tool for teaching statistics. It allows you to get beyond the 'black box' approach and explain what is really going on." -- D. Andrus, Univ. of Southern California

"[The students] worked entirely on their own [and] ALL learned and ALL understood even somewhat complicated problems and were excited about the course . . . [It was ] the first time in my experience . . . a student said to me that she could hardly wait to get home to solve the problem." -- X. Coulter, Empire State College

"Resampling Stats is, in my judgment, an outstanding program for IBM-PC's. It delivers what it promises . . . The tutorial in the program is excellent. Anyone with a modest knowledge of probability can learn to use the program in a few minutes . . . I can highly recommend it . . . In the area of statistics, Resampling Stats is one of the best I've seen." -- Prof. D.N. Harper, Univ. of Rochester

"The grad student I tested your package on learned bootstrapping . . ., learned how to use your package, and did an analysis at least as complex as [my own major research project] . . . all in the space of 5 hours! . . . He was never happy with traditional stats but is completely comfortable with RESAMPLING. As he remarked: 'It enabled me to concentrate on the biologically important questions without getting lost in minutiae.'" -- Dean Kelvin Duncan, Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand

"Resampling Stats can take students to a higher plane of learning -- one in which important statistical concepts cease to be abstractions and acquire concreteness. That is revolutionary . . . statistics becomes a tool instead of a dreaded required course." -- Prof. R.F. Pelaez, Univ. of Houston

"[My students] had no trouble catching on to the language . . . Thanks for a great product. I hope others have discovered what a new approach can do to increase knowledge and understanding for their students." -- L.J. Krupicka, Director of Student Services, Westmont High School, Westmont, IL

"A great way to learn statistics." S. Smith, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

"Great."--D. Ziebart, Dept. of Accountancy, Univ. of Illinois

"A wonderful teaching tool . . . to teach concepts to engineers." -- D. Paxson, Florida Power & Light (Baldridge Quality Award winner)

". . . the course is going very well, due in considerable part to your neat package." -- D. Walter, UCLA

"[Resampling Stats] has distinct advantages over Minitab in [Monte Carlo simulation] . . . I was able to explain even to my grandson the Resampling Stats program for this problem and he is a sixth grader. When I tried to explain the Minitab version, he is lost!" -- Prof. V.N. Murty, Penn State Univ.

"We like your software very much . . . very nice." -- L. Snell, Dartmouth College

"An accessible, intuitive approach to stats -- and these features are not lost on students, even the beginners." -- K. Meyer, The Thacher School, Ojai, CA

". . . an exceptional package for introducing business students to statistical thinking!!" -- M. Rosenzweig, Bryant College

". . . a great method of teaching probability and stats." -- H. Smith, Sociology Dept., Univ. of Missouri

"The material is fantastic, and will fit in precisely where it's needed . . . you and your organization are to be congratulated on a superb product provided with incomparable speed." -- R. Chrisjohn, Treaty & Tribal Council, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

"With resampling, the course was a great success . . . There's no other software I could have used for this statistics course." -- M. Russo, Univ. of Iowa

"Get[s] you right into the resampling . . . a wonderful tool for teaching statistics." -- J.F. Rieger, Smithsonian Institution

"[Resampling Stats] should be an integral part of every statistics curriculum." -- Prof. P. Pathak, Dept. of Math & Statistics, Univ. of New Mexico

"I used [Resampling Stats] to do a statistical test that was presented recently at a conference (analysis of trend data from a finite population), and was thrilled that RS quickly provided me the answer, which I couldn't get by conventional canned stats packages." -- P. Gaffney, College of Marine Studies, Univ. of Delaware

"I have found the ease of use lets students use the program within minutes of sitting down at the computer." -- J. Harvey, Moss Landing Marine Labs, Moss Landing, CA

"Since I like to emphasize to students that stats are really just a formalized component of critical thinking, your resampling approach fits right in: You are drawn to asking the fundamental questions of probability." -- B. Goodman, Decision Resources

"I am really impressed with this software. It seems to offer some powerful learning possibilities and have a very short training period." -- P. Ballew, 1991 Presidential Award winner in Secondary Mathematics

The only reason why traditional tests are still being used instead of permutation-based tests (at least in the biological literature) is because user-friendly software such as Resampling Stats wasn't available until recently, limiting the use of these tests to those who could do simple computer programming. In my opinion, every university statistics course/department should have a copy of your program. It's a great product. Tim Demmons, Queens University


Excerpts from Reviews

"In three 2-hour sessions using Resampling Stats [in class] we covered simulation methods for probability distributions, confidence limits using the bootstrap, hypothesis testing using randomization tests . . . we got some very positive responses from the students, especially the less mathematically able . . . it is highly acceptable to students with a range of mathematical abilities."--C. Ricketts and J. Berry in Teaching Statistics, Summer 1994

"Resampling Stats is the kind of well-researched, well-piloted software teachers and learners ask for and enjoy."--The Mathematics Teacher, September 1988

". . . well designed and easy to use . . . well-documented . . . a powerful tool for quickly performing simulation and randomization experiments."--D. Robinson, in The Statistics Teacher Network Newsletter, September 1991

"Resampling Stats makes computer-intensive methodologies like resampling, bootstrapping and Monte Carlo techniques easily accessible the resampling approach to statistical inference is on the rise and may well someday entirely eclipse the traditional approaches most of us studied in our college days." Social Science Computer Review, Fall 1997

". . . a valuable teaching tool . . . the current situation in teaching probability and statistics, especially to non-technical students, is bleak . . . The benefits and the educational value of [resampling] will be obvious to anybody with the experience of teaching introductory probability and statistics courses." -- OR/MS Today, April 1995

"[The bootstrap] is destined to become a statistical method of choice . . . Perhaps the greatest disappointment coming from the first decade of the bootstrap was the failure of major statistical software developers to incorporate its methods into their popular statistics packages . . . Resampling Stats is a recent and welcome move in this direction." -- Chance, Winter 1994

"Its intriguing approach sets it apart from traditional statistics packages." -- A. Ellison, Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, September 1992

"The reviewer has used . . . Resampling Stats for a finite mathematics class to experiment with problems in probability. Since the resampling method requires no mathematical formulas, the students needed to clearly understand each question involved. They then employed their critical thinking skills to break down the probabilistic question into required steps, and wrote their Resampling Stats program for computer processing. The students have found it quite enjoyable to solve the mathematical problems using this method. It is really an innovative approach in statistical problem solving." -- J. Mah, Springbank High School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in The AMATYC Review