Dr. Allison Davidson
Associate Professor, Statistics
I teach a variety of statistics courses. Most of the courses I teach involve projects where core concepts are practiced and applied to complete a full statistical analysis from the gathering of good and appropriate data to presenting results to a general audience. My aim is to develop students with basic tools to do preliminary analysis beyond the classroom and become critical consumers of data.
Research, Scholarship or Creative/Artistic Interests
My research interests include statistics education and applying statistical concepts to answer questions using data. Recent work in statistics education includes collaborating with the CEO of CottonBrew for a class project in multiple regression and effective assessment of class projects in an introductory statistics course. Recent projects in statistical applications include analysis of what makes an effective tweet, neurological effects of visual stimuli in flies, ideal conditions for raising isopods in a lab, characteristics of police forces that affect crime rates and the impact of wasted food in Muhlenberg’s dining hall.
Since starting at Muhlenberg in 2014, I have overseen seven mathematics research CUEs (as of 2018), all of which resulted in a presentation at either a local, national, or international conference.