Course Outline

segmentGetting Started (Don't Skip This Part)

segmentStatistics and Data Science: A Modeling Approach

segmentPART I: EXPLORING VARIATION

segmentChapter 1  Welcome to Statistics: A Modeling Approach

segmentChapter 2  Understanding Data

2.8 Summary

segmentChapter 3  Examining Distributions

segmentChapter 4  Explaining Variation

segmentPART II: MODELING VARIATION

segmentChapter 5  A Simple Model

segmentChapter 6  Quantifying Error

segmentChapter 7  Adding an Explanatory Variable to the Model

segmentChapter 8  Models with a Quantitative Explanatory Variable

segmentPART III: EVALUATING MODELS

segmentChapter 9  Distributions of Estimates

segmentChapter 10  Confidence Intervals and Their Uses

segmentChapter 11  Model Comparison with the F Ratio

segmentChapter 12  What You Have Learned

segmentFinishing Up (Don't Skip This Part!)

segmentResources
list Introduction to Statistics: A Modeling Approach
2.8 Summary
We have started our journey with data—what we end up with after we turn variation in the world into numbers. The process of creating data starts with sampling, and then measurement. We organize data into columns and rows, where the columns represent the variables (e.g., Thumb) that we have measured; and the rows represent the objects to which we applied our measurement (e.g., students). Each cell of the table holds a value, representing that row’s measurement for that variable (such as one student’s thumb length).
Before analyzing data, we often want to manipulate it in various ways. We may create summary variables, filter out missing data, and so on.
But let’s keep our eye on the prize: we care about variation in data because we are interested in variation in the world. There is some greater population that a sample comes from. And here we see the ultimate problem with data: it won’t always look like the thing it came from. Much of statistics is devoted to understanding and dealing with this problem.