Facts (statistics) don’t lie
Well, actually they do. That is why understanding how facts have been represented is a crucial life skill. I thought I knew stats reasonably well but I have been in need of a refresher, and some new focus for new reasons, with my latest return to university.
I am back to some mathematical basics (again) as I clearly missed a few statistical steps along the way in my youth. It is why this blog is so brief. My weekend has been anything but normally distributed. Full of power calculations, multiple regressions, summing squares, failing to reject hypothesis, and noting type one and type two errors.
But this does present an opportunity to share a little internet gem for anyone wanting to revisit the stats. “Online Statistics Education: A Multimedia Course of Study (http://onlinestatbook.com/).” It is an easy use format. It has basic explanations, quiz questions, and video links. And it is free….
Per their introductory remarks, statistics are all around us, understanding them is therefore key. Persuasion is effective in making loud and quickly attainable understanding. Statistics is effective in this way, but the joke “[79.48%] of statistics are made up on the spot” presents the problem well enough.
If you are looking for other free materials, Khan Academy is still amazing in so many numerical ways. But if you need to get immersed in a structured stats series start to end, there is plenty here to get you on your way.
In psychology we are required to look beneath the mask. This blog series is attempting to unmask some hidden parts of projects to engender a more collaborative way.