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Foundations in Applied Statistics (FiAS-1)

Mon 23 Oct, Mon 30 Oct 2017

Description

This is an introductory course for students who have little or no prior training in statistics. The module is divided between lectures, in which you'll learn the relevant theory, and hands-on practical sessions, in which you will learn how to analyze real data using the statistical package Stata.

You will learn:

  • The key features of quantitative analysis, and how it differs from other types of empirical analysis
  • Basic concepts: what is a variable? what is the distribution of a variable? and how can we best represent a distribution graphically?
  • Features of statistical distributions: measures of central tendency and dispersion
  • The normal distribution
  • The basics of formal hypothesis testing
  • Why statistical testing works
  • Statistical methods used to test simple hypotheses
  • How to use Stata

For best results, students should expect to do a few hours of private study and spend a little extra time in the computer labs, in addition to coming to class.

Prerequisites

Absolutely no prior knowledge is needed.

Sessions

Number of sessions: 4

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Mon 23 Oct 2017   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1 map Maria Iacovou
2 Mon 23 Oct 2017   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 University Information Services, Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site map Maria Iacovou
3 Mon 30 Oct 2017   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1 map Maria Iacovou
4 Mon 30 Oct 2017   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 University Information Services, Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site map Maria Iacovou
Software

Stata

Assessment
  • Weekly online quizzes to check progress
  • An end-of-module assessment (open-book online test)
Reading List

Available on the module's Moodle page.

How to Book

Please complete the Basic Statistics Stream booking request form on the SSRMC website
https://www.ssrmc.group.cam.ac.uk/bookings/basic-statistics-stream-booking

Duration

8 hours over 2 weeks (4 hours lectures; 4 hours lab)

Frequency

1 morning lecture and 1 afternoon lab session per week, for 2 weeks

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Basic Statistics Stream

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