Learn methods for harnessing and analyzing data to answer questions of cultural, social, economic, and policy interest. This statistics and data analysis course will introduce you to the essential notions of probability and statistics.
Use R to learn fundamental statistical topics such as descriptive statistics and modeling. In this first part of a two part course, we’ll walk through the basics of statistical thinking – starting with an interesting question. Then, we’ll learn the correct statistical tool to help answer our question of interest – using R and hands-on Labs. Finally, we’ll learn how to interpret our findings and develop a meaningful conclusion.
This course will consist of:
- Instructional videos for statistical concepts broken down into manageable topics.
- Guided questions to help your understanding of the topic.
- Weekly tutorial videos for using R Scaffolded learning with Pre-Labs (using R), followed by Labs where we will answer specific questions using real-world datasets.
- Weekly wrap-up questions challenging both topic and application knowledge.
In this first of a two part course, we will cover basic Descriptive Statistics – learning about visualizing and summarizing data, followed by a “Modeling” investigation where we’ll learn about linear, exponential, and logistic functions. We will learn how to interpret and use those functions with basic Pre-Calculus. These two “units” will set the learner up nicely for the second part of the course: Inferential Statistics with a multiple regression cap.
Both parts of the course are intended to cover the same material as a typical introductory undergraduate statistics course, with an added twist of modeling. This course is also intentionally devised to be sequential, with each new piece building on the previous topics. Once completed, students should feel comfortable using basic statistical techniques to answer their own questions about their own data, using a widely available statistical software package (R).
Join us in learning how to look at the world around us. What are the questions? How can we answer them? And what do those answers tell us about the world we live in?
Want to learn more? Be sure to enroll in Foundations of Data Analysis - Part 2, starting March 22, 2016.
What you'll learn:
- Descriptive Statistics
- How to visualize data
- Data structure and how to examine it
- Basic R programming (guided through tutorials)
- Simple modeling of linear, exponential, and logistic growth