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Aretwothingsthesameordierenthow doyoundout problem

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Unformatted text preview: $cs
allow
us
to
make
sense
of
large
 amounts
of
data.
   Sta$s$cs
allow
us
to
link
the
results
of
a
study
 back
to
the
ques$ons
we
wanted
to
answer
when
 we
conducted
the
study.

 Why
are
Sta)s)cs
Important?
 We
need
sta$s$cs
to:
 (1)
conduct
and
understand
research
 
Psychologists
have
4
main
goals:
   describe
behavior
   understand
behavior
   predict
behavior
   solve
applied
problems
 (2)
become
a
cri$cal
thinker
and
consumer
 Start
Observing
the
Data
Around
You
 •  If
you
hear
what
you
think
to
be
an
 interes$ng
sta$s$c
or
(especially)
a
 misrepresenta$on
of
data,
write
it
down
or
 cut
it
out
and
bring
it
in!
 What
is
this
course
about?
 •  Are
two
things
the
same
or
different?

How
 do
you
find
out?
 What
is
this
course
about?
 •  Are
two
things
the
same
or
different?

How
 do
you
find
out?
 •  eg.
two
coins
 What
is
this
course
about?
 •  Are
two
things
the
same
or
different?

How
 do
you
find
out?
 •  eg.
two
coins
 •  measure
them
somehow
 What
is
this
course
about?
 •  Are
two
things
the
same
or
different?

How
 do
you
find
out?
 •  Problem:
 –  if
you
measure
something
and
measure
it
 agai...
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