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FAQ: Participant Preparations — Tools and Materials

Frequently requested information about statistical software, course materials, and readings:

Will I need to purchase statistical software for my workshop?

No. Workshop software programs are installed in the computer labs for both our 3- to 5-day workshops and our four-week sessions. Statistical software vendors offer special purchase plans to Summer Program participants. Ask the computing staff about current offers. Please check vendor websites for offers on trial software licenses. Also, ask your instructor and/or teaching assistant about Free Software Foundation's GNU General Public License for leads on free software.

Where is the syllabus for the workshop?

Each instructor develops his or her own syllabus, which we post to the description page of the workshop as soon as it is made available. Please note that your workshop's syllabus and reading materials may not be available until the first day of the workshop. If your workshop's syllabus is not yet currently posted online, you can view past years' syllabi and reading lists on our website to get a general idea of material and texts that may be covered this year.

Should I purchase textbooks in advance, online, or when I arrive?

We recommend that Session I and Session II participants attend their courses before purchasing the required textbooks, since many participants end up switching or dropping courses during the first week of a session. All required textbooks will be available for purchase in Ann Arbor at Ulrich's bookstore, 549 East University (view map).

If you are certain about your course selections, then you are welcome to purchase the required textbooks before arriving in Ann Arbor.

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