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Statistical Discovery for Everyone
This course introduces the framework and concepts for learning with data. Emphasis is on statistical discovery in everyday life and on drawing valid conclusions from data. Topics include the following: good and bad data; data ethics; how to conduct a valid survey; how to organize data in graphs and tables; how to describe a population’s distribution; when to believe a poll and know the risk of generalizing from data; how to design an experimental study; how to avoid ambiguous results caused by “lurking” variables; understanding the issue of causation and chance in everyday life and scientific studies; and the use and misuse of statistical inference.