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1 • STATISTICS 240 – Spring 2008 • Website Address -- http://www.math.umass.edu/~jeneral/ Lecture: Section A - Tu,Th [4:00], MARC 131 Section B - Tu, Th [1:00], MARC 131 Discussion: Section B - every Monday (starting Feb 4) Section A - every Wednesday (starting Feb 6) Professor: Joanna Jeneralczuk Office: LGRT 1328; Phone: 545-3128 E-mail: jeneral@math.umass.edu Office Hours: Tu, Th 10-11 and 2.30 – 3.30 or by appointment Office Hours for TA: TBA Stat 240. Handout 1. Chapter1. What is statistics? • “ Statistics…the most important science in the whole world: for upon it depends the practical application of every other science and of every art; the one science essential to all political and social administration, all education , all organization based upon experience, for it only gives the results of our experience.” - Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910 ) The “Random House College Dictionary “ defines statistics as “the science that deals with the collection , classification, analysis, and interpretation of information or data”. Statistics is the art and science of learning from data. The three main aspects of statistics: 1)Design: Designing the process of data collection (Identify population, what kind and how much data needed, how to collect a sample) 2) Description: The methods of summarizing/describing data. 3) Inference: Infer “general rules” about a population from a sample. Is Statistics important?
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