professor
Martin Lindquist

This professor has earned a CULPA silver nugget

Jan 2010

As for the course itself, of the two Intro to Stats courses, 1111 is the baby one. While 1211 requires calculus - which you should know if you are taking a quantitative science anyway - 1111 only requires a high school level of math according to its own description. If you happen to have dealt with any statistics before, or have a background in research science, this class is an easy A. And that is even made easier by Professor Lindquist. The material was made astoundingly clear by him. I am not kidding, even the lecture slides on Courseworks (posted up the day before) are clear enough that you could have not even shown up to a single class and done fine - which is probably what happened since our room was too small, but I digress. That being said, if you have time, you should show up to class since he throws in a few examples to clear up any confusion that you may have. He typically assigns two chapters in the textbook each week, and a problem set to accompany it. Some people find the textbook a bit annoying with all the self-referential jokes, but I enjoyed it, so that may be a personal taste; however, you could not deny that it was still effective in teaching the material rather clearly. I plan on keeping it as a reference instead of selling it. The textbook problems take maybe an hour, but the TAs can bring down the hammer on the grading from time to time. Sometimes he attaches a STATA problem set, which involves going down the computer lab, doing a tutorial on the statistical software offered there, and then doing a problem usually from the textbook the method of which you have just been guided through. There is a project during the second of the semester, which involves forming a group and conducting a study. Just make sure you don't have a deadbeat group of friends and you should be fine. He's pretty lenient on the grading of it; even if you screw up, if you can explain what went wrong, why it was wrong, and what should have been done for it to be correct, he'll give you credit for knowing how to conduct a study though you had to learn it the hard way. About 1/4 and 3/4 through the semester, he gives a quiz at the end of class. 10 multiple choice questions; mostly theory, a few calculations you could do in your head. If you paid any attention to the lectures, or the slides, or textbook, it's an easy 9-10/10. Halfway through he gives a midterm that takes an entire class session; a few multiple choice questions like on the quiz, and some homework-like multi-part problems that are usually straightforward. He allows a one-page, front and back, cheat sheet for formulas and the like. Go through the lecture slides, write down any formula that looks important, and you will walk out of the exam early. The final is a little bit longer than the midterm but the same format, and has about a 1/3 focus on the first half and 2/3 focus on the second half. You are allowed two cheat sheets for this. Same deal as the midterm: go through the lectures, take down the important looking formulas, walk out halfway through the three hours given with a smile on your face. Never went to office hours - never needed to. On the whole, the class was easy and informative. Lindquist sometimes teaches 2110, so I plan on taking that if it fits into my schedule.

Dec 2006

Lindquist is a great professor - the class is pretty easy but he curves to a B-, be weary.

May 2006

Statistics as a subject is a freaking esoteric nightmare. However, Martin makes it almost bearable. He is the most disarming and frankly mildy goofy teacher ever, but it is hard to imagine anyone else being so enthusiastic about statistics. Take copious notes and make sure to do well on the midterm. It counts for like 25% of the grade.

May 2006

Wonderful Professor! Very clear and organized. He covers a lot of material, but does so in a way that you end up understanding everything. He is very approachable. Overall, he's a gem.

May 2005

This is how a class should be...go to class, go to recitation, do the homework...do well. I have never taken a class that is so strightforward. No surprises on the midterm or final. It was refreshing. In addition to all that, Martin Lindquist is the most amusing, engaging, and entertaining stats professors. If you take this course, take it with Lindquist. He will make it a pleasurable experience.

Feb 2005

Statistics is pretty dry stuff. I'd say fairly unbearable, despite its relative ease. That's where Martin comes in. This man makes what has the potential to be the most painfully uninteresting 4 hours of your week (one hour mandatory recitation) very very bearable. His uninhibited awkwardness and sometimes self-deprecating style will make you smile and cringe in interest, his clumsiness (which he recognizes) makes him entertaining---if you walked up to him on the street after class, you'd think he had spent the last hour rolling around in a giant tub of chalk dust. Seriously, though, Professor Lindquist is always excited about what he teaches, always approachable, and a genuinely good guy, who doesn't give you trouble if you need an extension on the problem sets or some extra help. If you have to take Stats, take it with him, you won't regret it.

Jan 2005

Awesome professor! I would highly recommend taking this class with Professor Lindquist. He is very clear, thorough and organized in his presentation of the material. Literally, he writes down every single thing on the board; I never opened up the textbook once the entire term to look anything up. Lindquist is very nice, approachable and open to questions. He truly wants students to understand the material and do well. He even said on the first day of class that he wanted to give out as many As as possible...which is a comforting thing to hear from a professor. I agree with past reviewers who claim that the second half of the term is a lot more complex than the first half! I remember Lindquist saying in class after the midterm one day that if we did not get this one concept, we would have trouble understanding most of the stuff that follows it - he was not kidding. Nevertheless, Lindquist was very great when it came to reviewing and explaining things over and over again. In general, if you need to take a math/stat class, take it with Lindquist.....he is actually understandable, fair and even entertaining (esp. when he jumps around, knocks into things and gets chalk all over his black shirts).

Jan 2005

If you have to take this class for a requirement, old Martin is a clear lecturer and a nice guy. You can imagine how fun intro stats is - the book sucks, its easy to sleep through class, and recitation TA's come up short on the teaching end. Beware the methods of calculating grades - though its really really easy to get an A on the midterm and final (open notes), the homework and quizes count for half the grade, and since the book is horrible and the TA sessions stink, its easy to pull a solid D on half the course work if you're a lazy bum.

Jan 2005

Professor Lindquist is a great lecturer--very clear and organized. All of the reviews about him being an extremely nice, accessible, and informative professor are true. If you have to take Statistics, take it with Lindquist. The material is EASY, and if you do have a little trouble with it, he'll be happy to explain it to you in a very coherent way. Spend time reading the textbook and completing the homeworks--they are tedious but they will really help you when midterm and final times come along.

Dec 2004

Martin is one of the nicest professors that I have had at Columbia. He responds really quickly to email and is always willing to go out of the way for a student. He's a good teacher too - explains things very well and will take questions if someone is unclear - however, the course material is EXTREMELY BORING. Homeworks are pretty tedious but really help when it comes to understanding the material. TAs grade a lot of stuff, and mine was extremely nitpicky to the point that when she dropped out as a TA Lindquist had to regrade our old homeworks because of the grading disparity. So, in sum - great guy, great teacher, hella boring material. (But if you take Stats I'd recommend you take it with him).

Dec 2004

Martin is a blessing to the shameful "math realm" at Columbia! His lecture is a lot of fun, considering you can watch him jumping around (the sign of his great enthusiasm!?) and writing down every single word on the "little" blackboard... His lectures are well- structured, and I feel I've taken away a lot from him. A very soild teacher.

Jan 2004

I have mixed feelings about this class. The lectures were very organized; Martin went point by point through the text book chapters, writing out every little thing on the board. He went over certain points probably 10-40 xs, which is great if you are confused, but if you're understanding everything, his repetition gets tedious. He graciously takes questions during lecture but can't always answer them sufficiently. Homeworks got progressively a little longer and harder as the semester wore on. My TA could hardly speak English, which made recitations a bit frustrating. Many kids only went to recitations when we had our quizzes. Martin does his best to make the class entertaining, and he really is a cute little man, but it's still hard to get yourself to go to lecture twice a week. Missing a lecture isn't a big deal, but missing all of them would mean a lot more studying to do around midterms and finals. A good percent of the class came to every lecture. Martin doesn't make himself that available outside of class and wants students to instead consult their non-english speaking TA's. This review is sounding pretty negative, but I didn't dislike the course that much, and I took it for interest. If it's a requirement for you, Martin is a good choice. If you're taking it for interest, you might wanna look for something a little more lively.

Jan 2004

I would consider Prof. Lindquist the best professor I've ever had at Columbia if the subject were a bit more interesting. Nonetheless, Martin was overall awesome. The lectures were consistently detailed, thorough, and easy to follow. The class is really not the difficult at all--that certainly helped. But whenever something was tricky here and there, Martin was genuinely interested in making sure you understood. He truly made me see that despite the arrogant crap you often find teaching at Columbia, there are a few gems like him out there. He's really enthusiastic both about the subject and about teaching, so you'll find that going to class isn't so bad. But if felt like cutting, you're in luck because you can borrow notes from anyone in class and still understand perfectly: the man writes down every word he says. Always ask questions in class because he'll keep explaining until you understand three times over. If you have to take Statistics (and your major allows Stats A), Martin is your man! A friend of mine even found him cute and sexy; eventually, I too had to admit his sweaty enthusiasm was adorable.

Dec 2003

Professor Lindquist is a really nice guy. Everyone says Statistics is a really easy class and an easy A but it is still tricky stuff, and Prof. Lindquist was very good at explaining everything in detail. Recitations are "required" but the only time people would go is when he would have quizzes in them, which was about every other week. There was also a problem set assigned every week consisting of problems out of the textbook. They weren't difficult but definitely time-consuming and tedious. Also, the first half of the semester was insanely easy and then the class became tricky practically overnight. Same thing with homework problems. The midterm was incredibly easy but the final was trickier. But overall, Professor Lindquist is an excellent choice and you would do well to take his class if he's teaching it.

Dec 2003

Martin Lindquist is GREAT. He is a great lecturer, but is this class easy?? No. The class is pretty easy pre-Midterm, and sitting in class as he explains the "theory" behind means is pretty damn funny...but anyway after the Midterm, the stuff is hard. I don't know why everyone says W1111 is so easy, maybe it's because you ask them after the midterm and not the final....the final is a killer...let's just say many many people sat there eyes big and mouths gaping when they saw the scroll. Nonetheless, if you have to or want to take the class, take it with MARTIN LINDQUIST. He is truely a blessing from the Math/Stats department. His lecturers are great and he is very passionate about the subject. Oh and he is quite responsive to questions too! Great prof. but not very easy material.

Nov 2003

Two words to say about this class: TAKE IT. Professor Lindquist is incredible - the kind of teacher I wish had taught math at my high school when I was good at math but extremely nervous. His lectures are clear and come directly from the book, so there is little confusion. There is a required 50-minute recitation on Friday where you review the week's concepts with a TA and take quizzes. Unfortunately, many of the TAs have such strong accents that it is nearly impossible to understand what they are saying, but the material is already so clear from the lectures that it makes little difference. If you have any kind of math phobia or get really stressed out about not understanding things, TAKE THIS CLASS!

May 2003

Professor Lindquist is a blessing! While many other Stats. students were complaining about not being able to understand their profs, Prof. Lindquist spoke very clearly (although a bit quickly). He practically transcribed the entire book on the board during class, so the lessons were very thorough, and there was never any chance of missing important info during class because it was always written down. Prof. Lindquist was also very entertaining, as he was constantly tripping over his feet, dropping chalk, or getting caught in those tricky movable blackboards in the Math building! I definitely recommend Professor Lindquist!