Introduction to Statistics - Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary a qualification for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and

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“Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary a qualification for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and 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, and statistics.” --- Benjamin Disraeli First stanza of a poem, the rest of which will make sense later in the semester: On statistical terminology by Cory Lation Whoever invented statistical terms Had 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 year the price of 6-month Treasury notes
2 the unemployment rate in 1932 the proportion of people who voted for Obama in 2008 But “statistics” is also a field or discipline that involves the collection, display, analysis, and interpretation of numerical information. It permits us to make statements about a real

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