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Bivariate Normal Model: A Classroom Project

Bivariate Normal Model: A Classroom Project

This article, created by authors B.C. Lyon and M.W. Maxfield of Louisiana Tech University, describes a hands-on class activity for understanding the bivariate normal distribution by constructing a three-dimensional model. This construction not only teaches the statistical theory, but it also a fun activity for students. The authors begin with an introduction, then discuss the symmetry of the model, address the plane sections, slopes and deviations, and finally the base and mounting of the model. This is a unique activity for this mathematical technique.

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