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# lect 1 - What is Statistics The book “Statistics is about...

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8/21/09 1 Stats Starts Here Welcome Island Lake in the Uintah Mountains, Utah What is Statistics? sta tis tic (st ə -t ĭ s't ĭ k) n. 1. A numerical datum. 2. A numerical value, such as standard deviation or mean, that characterizes the sample or population from which it was derived. 3. One viewed as a nameless item of statistical information: got laid off and became another statistic in the slumping economy. What is Statistics? sta tis tics (st ə -t ĭ s't ĭ ks) n. 1. (used with a sing. verb) The mathematics of the collection, organization, and interpretation of numerical data, especially the analysis of population characteristics by inference from sampling. 2. (used with a pl. verb) Numerical data.

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Unformatted text preview: What is Statistics? The book: “Statistics is about . . . Variation. ” How does this class ‘vary’ A = Agriculture C = Design E = Engineering H = FCS S = LAS 8/21/09 2 How does this class ‘vary’ College by classified year 1 2 3 4 S 15 20 13 8 56 H 5 3 6 2 16 E 2 2 1 0 5 C 0 2 0 1 3 A 1 7 10 1 19 23 34 30 12 99 How does this class ‘vary’ How to succeed in this class • Show up to class (every class day) • Stay awake (it’s 8:00am for cryin’ in the mud!) • Attend labs (ask homework questions) • Start homework early • Do the online quizes • Ask questions when you don’t understand • Learn the vocabulary...
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