This lesson will provide you with an overview of what statistics really is by exploring:
You might be wondering, what is statistics? Is it some complicated formula? Is it some goofy graph that you really don't know that much about?
Numbers might be presented in a bar graph:
Or numerically:
When people refer to statistics, they're usually referring to information called data that's been collected and synthesized within a statistical study, and sometimes presented in an intimidating graphical form, like this. While the image is small and difficult to read, you get the idea that a LOT of information can be presented in the form of a graph
Statistics is a neat way to describe a messy world. It's not pretty all the time. But statistics allows us a way to simplify things down.
The practice of statistics deals with four main steps:
When you use descriptive statistics, you are going to analyze what's going on at a particular point and use statistics to describe the information that you've obtained.
On the other hand, when you use inferential statistics, you are going to use statistics that you've obtained and make a generalization about the population at large.
IN CONTEXT
Let's say that you read the newspaper this morning and discovered that the average household income in the United States was reported to be $46,700.
This information didn't come from sampling every household in the United States. That wouldn't be realistic or feasible to knock on all the doors and speak to all those people.
But someone arrived at this number. So, how did they get it?
Well, a sample was taken, and a generalization was made about the entire United States based on that sample.
This is inferential statistics.
Statistics allows us to synthesize the information we get from the world around us. There are two types of statistics: Descriptive statistics describes information gathered at a particular point and Inferential statistics gathers information and then makes a generalization or prediction about the population.
Good luck!
Source: THIS WORK IS ADAPTED FROM SOPHIA AUTHOR JONATHAN OSTERS. bar chart, CC, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chart#/media/File:Black_cherry_tree_histogram.svg no modifications made
The study of collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting information
A way to collect information from individuals
All the ways of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting the data
Using only the information at hand to describe the selected group of individuals
Using the information at hand to make a larger, more general statement about the entire population of individuals