Monday, 19 November 2012

Survey of Statistics for Beginners

Is there someone in your office looking for a boost in statistical literacy?  A perfect course would be Bob Hayden's “Survey of Statistics for Beginners” online at

Survey of Statistics for Beginners” covers descriptive statistics, as well as probability models and hypothesis testing.  Simulation and resampling are used to convey the difficult concept of statistical significance, without getting bogged down in the details of t-tests, degrees of freedom, etc.  It provides both a broad overview of the topic for the student who has time for only one course, as well as a different perspective for the serious student who likes to approach the same topic from different angles. For more details please visit at

Aim of Course:
To provide an easy overview of statistics and statistical terminology through a series of practical applications. Once you've completed this course you'll be able to summarize data and interpret reports and newspaper accounts that use statistics and probability. You'll use simulation and resampling to fully grasp the difficult concept of "statistical significance."  

Who Should Take This Course?
Anyone who encounters statistics in their work. Also, anyone who has taken (or is now taking) a standard introductory statistics sequence and needs either a different angle on the subject or a brief refresher. This first course in statistics requires no prior training in the subject. The only mathematics you need is arithmetic.

Course Program:

Course outline: The course is structured as follows

SESSION 1: Summarizing your data
  • Mean, median, and mode; range, variance, and standard deviation
  • Box plots and stem-and-leaf plots and other histograms
  • Frequency distributions
  • Types of data (measurement and categorical variables)

SESSION 2: Probability models
  • Probability, conditional probability
  • Independence
  • Samples and populations
  • Random Sample
  • Parameters and parameter estimates

SESSION 3: Testing a hypothesis
  • Variation
  • Testing via simulations
  • Median test
  • Testing via a theoretical probability distribution
  • Chi-squared goodness-of-fit test

Dr. Robert Hayden has been teaching statistics since 1982, and is a recognized authority on the teaching of introductory statistics. Robert Hayden is an award-winning authority on the teaching of introductory statistics, with publications on this subject in “The American Statistician,” the “MAA Notes” series, and elsewhere. Dr. Hayden has also had careers in mechanical engineering and mathematics education.

You will be able to ask questions and exchange comments with Dr. Thomas P. Ryan via a private discussion board throughout the course.   The courses take place online at in a series of 4 weekly lessons and assignments, and require about 15 hours/week.  Participate at your own convenience; there are no set times when you must be online. You have the flexibility to work a bit every day, if that is your preference, or concentrate your work in just a couple of days.

For Indian participants accepts registration for its courses at special prices in Indian Rupees through its partner, the Center for eLearning and Training (C-eLT), Pune.

For India Registration and pricing, please visit us at

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