**Project Description - Statistics 521**

Find a multivariate data set and analyze the data using methods that are covered in our
course. You may use any of the methods we discuss in class. Your report is due in two
parts. The first section of the report along with a plan for sections two and three are
due by February 27, and the final project report is due by May 7. Your final report, which
should be approximately 10 typed pages in length (plus an Appendix with selected graphs,
SAS code, and a maximum of 15 pages of computer printouts), will describe your analyses
and should include four sections:

I. Introduction

Here you give a general introduction to the research field, introduce the questions of
interest, and how your data are intended to help answer the research questions. Be sure to
include what population the data are sampled from, and whether the data come from an
experiment, a survey, or an observational study. This section should also include
references to related research.

II. Exploratory data analysis

Display a variety of appropriate plots and visual displays to help in understanding
your data.

III. Statistical analyses

Use appropriate statistical notation to describe the model(s) used in the data
analyses. For example, in a MANOVA you would write out the linear model for the data.
Analyze the data using SAS. Present the main results from the analyses in the body of the
report. In an Appendix include printouts of the raw data, any additional graphical
displays, the SAS programs, and all of the computer results.

IV. Conclusions

Discuss the implications of your results for this field, and compare your results to
other published results. (Most of this should follow from your results and the background
information in part I)

Appendix

In the Appendix include printouts of the raw data (not to exceed 2 pages), graphical
displays, the SAS programs, and all of the computer results (up to 15 pages in total).