Computer and Statistics Center


Introduction to Statistics

Instructor: Andras Vetier

Text: Freedman, Pisani, Purves: Statistics 3rd ed. Norton, 1998

This is an introductory course in statistics for students who are far from being experts in mathematics but need to know some statistics.

Statistics may be defined as the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of data, numeric or non-numeric. The methods of statistics are useful in an ever-widening range of human activities, in any field of thought in which data may be collected.

In this short course we will discuss the most important statistical notions and methods. We are going to use the material presented in Parts II and II of the book of Freedmen, Pisani and Purves. Descriptive statistics is the art of describing and summarizing data. This is introduced in part II. The discussion is continued in part III, where the focus is on analyzing relationships - for instance, the most important concepts of correlation and regression.

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Grading is based on the two midterm tests (30% each) and the final test (40%).


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