In an increasingly data-driven world, it is more important than ever for students as well as professionals to better understand basic statistical concepts. 100 Questions (and Answers) About Statistics addresses the essential questions that students ask about statistics in a concise and accessible way. It is perfect for instructors, students, and practitioners as a supplement to more comprehensive materials, or as a desk reference with quick answers to the most frequently asked questions.

How Did Statistics “Get Started”?

How Did Statistics “Get Started”?

The study of statistics goes way beyond the collection and analysis of data—it’s much more about the collection and use of information to make important decisions. There has probably never been a time when people have not been concerned with how many of something they had (such as “How much food do we have until we run out?” or “How many days until winter?”) and how those numbers affected certain outcomes (such as well-being and shelter).

So from the start, numbers were attached to particular outcomes. If one did well in school and got good grades, there was a higher likelihood of success in future classes. If one got a good education, then a better job might await upon graduation. ...

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