An Introduction to Statistics



Statistics is the science of collecting, organizing and interpreting numerical facts (data). In science, society and everyday life, people use data to help them understand the world and choose how to act, and statistical methods help to separate sense from nonsense.

In this course, we learn about some of the most important techniques used in statistical work. Our focus is on concepts and techniques, and will be useful to students who seek to gain an understanding of the use of Statistics in their own field. Our ultimate goal is to gain understanding from data, going from data collection to analysis to conclusions.

There will be some calculation, and some interpretation of output from software, but the emphasis in this course is on concepts rather than mathematics.

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