This course teaches the fundamentals of statistics, that is, the ability to describe data samples and draw inferences about the populations from which they were drawn. It should also sharpen individual intuition about how to read data, interpret data, and judge others' claims about data.
Specifically, at the end of this course students should be able to:
- characterize population data intuitively for themselves and others;
- draw conclusions and inferences from population data;
- check assumptions of others' claims and debug their putative "facts";
- look for correlations while controlling for confounding effects
Reading: We will be using two textbooks:
Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (5th or 6th Edition) by Welkowitz, Ewen, and Cohen.
- Using R for Introductory Statistics
by John Verzani
Both books are required and will be available at Ulrich's.
Assignments and grading (students will complete a small group project)
Instructor: Lada Adamic
Course Syllabus (click on PDF/PPT icon to download lab notes)