STAT 100, Section 4: Statistical Concepts and Reasoning

The Pennsylvania State University, Fall 2010

This course introduces students to the art and science of decision-making in the presence of uncertainty. In taking this course, students will develop an understanding of the reasoning by which findings from sample data can be extended to the larger population. Students will also learn how to evaluate critically the results of studies reported in the popular media and scientific press. Examples and applications from a variety of fields will be emphasized.

The class will monitor The Centre Daily Times and The New York Times for articles related to the course. When such articles are found, the class will work through the statistical information in the articles so as to relate them to the subject of the course and to our everyday lives and experiences.

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