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ERIC Number: EJ856376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1069-1898
How LO Can You GO? Using the Dice-Based Golf Game GOLO to Illustrate Inferences on Proportions and Discrete Probability Distributions
Stephenson, Paul; Richardson, Mary; Gabrosek, John; Reischman, Diann
Journal of Statistics Education, v17 n2 Jul 2009
This paper describes an interactive activity that revolves around the dice-based golf game GOLO. The GOLO game can be purchased at various retail locations or online at In addition, the game may be played online free of charge at The activity is completed in four parts. The four parts can be used in a sequence or they can be used individually. Part 1 illustrates the binomial distribution. Part 2 illustrates the sampling distribution of the sample proportion. Part 3 illustrates confidence intervals for a population proportion. Part 4 illustrates hypothesis tests for a population proportion. Extensions of the activity can be used to illustrate discrete probability distributions (including the geometric, hypergeometric, and negative binomial) and the distribution of the first order statistic. The activity can be used in an AP statistics course or an introductory undergraduate statistics course. The extensions of the activity can be used in an intermediate undergraduate statistics course or a mathematical statistics course. Each extension is self-contained and can be carried out without having worked through other extensions or any of the four parts of the main activity. (Contains 9 figures and 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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