Mark Twain once said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” In reality statistics do not lie, statisticians do. The interpretation of statistical results, not the results themselves, is what is typically misleading. Students in this course will be formally introduced to many commonly used statistical methods. Specifically, students will learn how to determine the appropriate statistical technique for a given situation, calculate and use sample statistics from data to develop theories about a population, understand the strengths and weaknesses of those techniques, and, ultimately, evaluate the validity of a statistical argument.
- Professor: Lindsey Fox