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Why Use Statistics? Module 2: Describing Data

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This series of four video modules highlights the relevance of statistics to the science subjects and teaches the basic statistical methods required. 'Real life' situations are used to illustrate the relevance of statistics to a variety of disciplines, while animated graphics help explain the theoretical principles and clarify the processes involved. Exercise pauses are provided for students at regular intervals and teachers' notes with exercises accompany this series. The underlying theme of these modules is that variability is a fact of scientific life and that statistics enables you both to handle this variability and to draw suitable inferences from it. Ideal viewing for undergraduate medical students and anyone wanting to master statistics with an applied viewpoint. Module 2: Describing data. The second module covers qualitative and quantitative data; dot plots; bar charts and histograms; summary measures and characteristic values (mode, median and mean); the spread of a distribution (quartiles, inter-quartile range and standard deviation); and concludes with an introduction to Normal distribution.

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006-00001332
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Sheffield University Learning Media Unit
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Why Use Statistics? Module 2: Describing Data
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MovingImage
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Commentary: John Graham Davies. Production Co-Ordinator: Roslyn Cox
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This series of four video modules highlights the relevance of statistics to the science subjects and teaches the basic statistical methods required. 'Real life' situations are used to illustrate the relevance of statistics to a variety of disciplines, while animated graphics help explain the theoretical principles and clarify the processes involved. Exercise pauses are provided for students at regular intervals and teachers' notes with exercises accompany this series. The underlying theme of these modules is that variability is a fact of scientific life and that statistics enables you both to handle this variability and to draw suitable inferences from it. Ideal viewing for undergraduate medical students and anyone wanting to master statistics with an applied viewpoint. Module 2: Describing data. The second module covers qualitative and quantitative data; dot plots; bar charts and histograms; summary measures and characteristic values (mode, median and mean); the spread of a distribution (quartiles, inter-quartile range and standard deviation); and concludes with an introduction to Normal distribution.
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Qualitative analysis
Statistics education
Case studies
Statistics presentation
Quantitative analysis
UK
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1994