(Complete Table of Contents here: http://aka.ms/backyarddatascience)
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|