Learning Statistics


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List Catalog

This is a “Catalog” entry, which is used in Scientific Notebooks to list out a species name and data about that species. In this Notebook, I’ll use that to show a list entry of things you need to know. This entry is about Statistics, and where you can go to learn it.

I’ll start with the basics of statistics, assuming that you’re new to the topic. As the resources progress, they rely on the topics before them. Of course, you can always attend formal education or other “in-seat” training – the references below assume that you’re going to follow a path of learning on your own.

These resources require real work to master – they are not quick tutorials, they have exercises, and take some time to complete. Make sure you can commit to them before you start them.

Final note – these represent resources I have used or know about, and I’ve only listed the ones that I think have the quickest path to learning. It is by no means a complete list (or the Population X), so if you are aware of one you like or have used, please post a comment here and I’ll approve it. Explain why you like that resource.

Resource Name Resource Type Notes Resource Location
Khan Academy – Probability and statistics Web course An introduction to statistics if you are new to the topic https://www.khanacademy.org/math/probability
Udacity – Intro to Descriptive Statistics:

Mathematics for Understanding Data

Web Course Another “beginner” course, this one on Descriptive Statistics https://www.udacity.com/course/intro-to-descriptive-statistics–ud827
Udacity – Intro to Inferential Statistics:

Making Predictions from Data

Web Course Take the Descriptive Statistics course first, then this one https://www.udacity.com/course/intro-to-inferential-statistics–ud201
Udacity – Statistics:

The Science of Decisions

Web Course Take the previous two courses, then this one https://www.udacity.com/course/statistics–st095
Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative – Probability and Statistics Web Course Requires Excel or R, uses Flash and Java. Contains multiple modules, can be used in place of the Udacity courses, and could be faster for some people. http://oli.cmu.edu/courses/free-open/statistics-course-details/
Statistics in Plain English, Third Edition Book Simple but not too basic. http://www.amazon.com/Statistics-Plain-English-Third-Timothy/dp/041587291X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447849339&sr=1-1&keywords=learn+statistics
Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics Book If you’re a little intimidated by statistics, this is a good intro. You will still need to follow up with other courses to supplement. http://www.amazon.com/Statistics-People-Think-Salkind-Without/dp/1452277710/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447849339&sr=1-2&keywords=learn+statistics
Even You Can Learn Statistics and Analytics: An Easy to Understand Guide to Statistics and Analytics (3rd Edition) Book Another approach to quickly learning statistics, again, the basics will need to be followed up on. http://www.amazon.com/Even-You-Learn-Statistics-Analytics/dp/0133382664/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447849339&sr=1-6&keywords=learn+statistics
Introductory Statistics with R (Statistics and Computing) Book Good book on using R to learn Statistics http://www.amazon.com/Introductory-Statistics-R-Computing/dp/0387790535/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447849339&sr=1-11&keywords=learn+statistics
Introductory Statistics by perdisco YouTube Series Actually chapter summaries of their books, but very well done. Click their channel logo to see the whole series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKPhtBIsyIY
Statrek Web Series This is one of my favorite sites to learn or teach statistics with. Simple, quick, straightforward. Not a lot of explanation, but very well done. http://stattrek.com/tutorials/free-online-courses.aspx

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