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June 23: Statistics in Practice

Statistics in Practice

In this week’s Brief, the first in a Statistical Thinking series, we look at how people think about rare events. Our spotlight is on:

  • July 3 – 31: Introductory Statistics (another session starts July 31)

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Peter Bruce
Founder, Author, and Senior Scientist

Rare Event Syndrome

Several years ago, National Public Radio was preparing a story about a woman who had won a state lottery jackpot for a second time. A reporter wanted a comment from me about how improbable this was. I happened to have a little book What the Odds Are, full of odd facts about odds, and found, to my surprise,[]

Historical Spotlight


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Student Spotlight

Angelina Salinas

AAngelina Salinasngelina Salinas started working for the retail store Almacenes Siman as a purchasing planner and, a couple of years later, got interested in data science and started to learn R. The ESEN/ program played a critical role when she was asked to […]

Course Spotlight

July 3 – 31: Introductory Statistics

(another session starts July 31)

Developed by Peter Bruce, author of Introductory Statistics and Analytics: A Resampling Perspective (the course text), this course offers a unique perspective. It uses easily understood resampling methods (the computer equivalent of picking cards randomly out of a hat) to short-circuit the confusion and difficulties of formula methods. Plus it connects up statistics to data science, something most statistics courses do poorly.

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