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CH Reilly UCF - IEMS - STA 3032 1 STA 3032 -Probability and Statistics for Engineers Notes Set 1 Spring 2007

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CH Reilly UCF - IEMS - STA 3032 2 What is statistics? Johnson (Miller and Freund), 2005: Everything dealing with the collection, processing, analysis, and interpretation of numerical data. This view of statistics is quite broad. Mendenhall and Sincich, 1994: Statistics is the science of converting data to information. There is a purpose for statistics. Statistics is based on probability theory.
CH Reilly UCF - IEMS - STA 3032 3 Benjamin Disraeli may have said There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. With the methods and procedures suggested in the text, we can use statistics to uncover, rather than conceal or misrepresent, the truth.

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CH Reilly UCF - IEMS - STA 3032 4 Jean Baudrillard (1987) Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment. An engineer’s interest in ethical practice must preclude a personal agenda when doing any statistical work. We must remain impartial and objective .
CH Reilly UCF - IEMS - STA 3032 5 Harry Reasoner (1985) Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom’s apple pie. Statistical applications are all around us; baseball is a great example (BA, ERA, OBP, RBI, FPS, etc.). What would baseball be without statistics?

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CH Reilly UCF - IEMS - STA 3032 6 Speaking of baseball… Some statistical examples from baseball may be used throughout this semester. The official position of this course with regard to baseball is that baseball is the greatest game ever invented throughout all of history. Derogatory statements about baseball will not be tolerated, with the possible exception of statements made about players proven to have used anabolic steroids or about past or current members of the NY Yankees.
UCF - IEMS - STA 3032 7 H.G. Wells Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write. In our technology-driven world, the time

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JMF-1-07 - STA 3032-Probability and Statistics for...

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