Knowledge of Data Analysis Statistics and Probability

"Candidates demonstrate an understanding of concepts and practices related to data analysis, statistics, and probability."

Reflection on the Standard:

One of the courses I have taken to meet this standard is Basic Statistics. This course covered basic elements of descriptive and inferential statistics. In this class I learned how to design investigations and how to collect, display, and interpret data (meeting indicator 14.1), how to use appropriate methods of sampling, estimate population characteristics, test relationships among variables (meeting indicator 14.2), how to describe shape and analyze both center and spread (meeting indicator 14.3), how to use statistical inference to draw conclusions from data, how to identify misuses of statistics (meeting indicator 14.4), and how to determine and interpret confidence intervals (meeting indicator 14.7).


To illustrate this standard, I have selected a paper describing a statistical study on the relationship between academic major and smoking habits among College of Wooster students that I conducted during Basic Statistics. Please click the artifact icon below to view this paper:

Explanation of Artifact in Relation to the Standard:

In this study, I collected and displayed data on students' smoking habits (meeting indicator 14.1). I used a random sampling procedure to estimate population smoking habits and used a chi-square test to analyze the data (meeting indicator 14.2). Finally, I used statistical inference to draw conclusions from the data that I analyzed (meeting indicator 14.4).

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