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Professor Yan Xing Reviews

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Class Ratings

1Awful Class
3Avg. Difficulty
2Boring
2Barely Useful

Prof: Yan Xing / Fall 2021

Nov 10, 2021

Comments on the course

The course isn't a particularly difficult course, that is if the course coordinator had any idea what they're doing. Professors are routinely asked to remove review days to pack in more content before a midterm. All of the largest homework assignments and computer projects are always due the night before midterms, which is just poor coordination and only aids in stressing students out more. My professor's lectures were scattered at times and never any more useful than the $35 online textbook we use throughout the year. The textbook is great and explains things well, it fills in the gaps for the professors.

Course Content

Not sure I'll apply any of this unless I was studying data science or any other statistical field. Just a bunch of copying and pasting code.

Comments on the professor

My professor was kind of hard to follow in lectures and seemed scattered at times. I would give them the benefit of the doubt as they're a new professor because they were extremely helpful with specific questions.

Advice

I wish I knew the reputation this course has, every student I have ever asked about this course has said "oh that sucked" or something similar. It's just a well-known bad course.

Course: STAT 35000Delivery: In personGrade: Not sure yetWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: Yes
Exam HeavyAssignment Heavy
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Class Ratings

1Awful Class
2Hard
1Very Boring
1Useless

Professor Rating

1Awful Prof

Prof: Yan Xing / Fall 2023

Dec 11, 2023

Comments on the course

For a class that touts itself as being rooted in coding, i.e. RStudio, I have used the program sparingly. In all of the homework assignments, quizzes, and Exams, I can count on my fingers the number of times I have actually had to code. Instead, the class is required to calculate these long, abstract statistical formulas by hand despite R being the supposed focus. In the real world where biological statistics is actually practiced, everything is done through coding instead of by hand. I wish we had actually used R more often because then it would have been conducive to my learning and work experience. The online lectures are slow, painful, and messy. The lectures do not feel like they have a linear flow, instead its like trying to pick and choose pieces of scattered information. The given...read more

Course Content

I have taken multiple statistics courses over my time at Purdue. I have even already taken a VERY similar course through another department which covered the same material in a more linear, cohesive manner, with competent lectures and slides, and a focus on RStudio and using it to its maximum. My only reason for taking this course was to get the 500-level credits, otherwise I would have never taken this course since I have already learned and applied (both in class and in jobs), the same material.

Comments on the professor

She seems nice.

Advice

Don't take this class unless absolutely necessary. If you have already taken a statistics course specific to your department, stay in it and do not take a course in the STAT department. The manner of learning and application do not overlap nor transfer. Each department wants statistics done their own specific way and it is in your best interest (for mental health and sanity), to not learn it another way when it could jeopardize your GPA, schedule, personal free time, and sanity. Never in my life have I despised a course as much as this one.

Course: STAT 50300Delivery: OnlineGrade: B+Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
Assignment HeavyQuiz HeavyExam Heavy
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Class Ratings

1Awful Class
1Very Hard
1Very Boring
1Useless

Professor Rating

1Awful Prof

Prof: Yan Xing / Spring 2023

May 12, 2023

Comments on the course

Don’t take it! It’s useless

Course Content

Ridiculous and trivial content which will not assist any students within their work!

Comments on the professor

I guess she is the only one whom all students agreed that she provides the worst course ever! I am happy that I am done with this hell but if I can bring back time, I would have taken another course instead of it! I heard some rumors about her for being so stiff with students although they understand nothing of her course 😅!

Advice

Take another Stat course

Course: STAT 35000Delivery: In person
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Class Ratings

1Awful Class
1Very Hard
1Very Boring
1Useless

Professor Rating

1Awful Prof

Prof: Yan Xing / Spring 2023

May 10, 2023

Comments on the course

Awful course and the instructor knows nothing of statistics! Never imagined to see many texts in a math-based course! Worst thing is that she makes mistakes in teaching, lecture content, even tutorials but she is so harsh in grading! Her TAs are even worse than her!

Course Content

Basics of statistics which help in nothing but deducting the GPA! I feel sorry that it’s a required course for graduation! I believe its quality is meant for failing students and make them suffer! If she refrains us from her low quality content and leave this course for professionals who know how to deliver information properly, it would be a blessing!

Comments on the professor

She knows nothing of teaching nor proper communicational skills with students! One wonders how come Purdue approved her being a tutor! All students are complaining about her!

Advice

Don’t take this course unless you want to challenge yourself mentally and emotionally!

Course: STAT 50300Delivery: In personGrade: C+Workload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: No
Quiz HeavyAssignment Heavy