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“Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary aqualification for efficient citizenship as the ability to readand write.”--H.G. Wells“Data! Data! Data! I can't make bricks without clay!”---Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, andstatistics.”---Benjamin DisraeliFirst stanza of a poem, the rest of which will make senselater in the semester:On statistical terminologyby Cory LationWhoever invented statistical termsHad a head that was stuffed with worms.All these new words are so much junk,And if I don't learn them, I'm really sunk.Introduction“Statistics”, or statistical data, are numbers –the number of Aids cases in the US last yearthe price of 6-month Treasury notes
2the unemployment rate in 1932the proportion of people who voted for Obama in2008But “statistics” is also a field or discipline that involves thecollection, display, analysis, and interpretation of numerical

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Term
Summer
Professor
RuiPereira
Tags
Statistics, Probability theory, Statistical terminology, Inference approx

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