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GPLL38 - Getting Started with Statistics

Statistical analyses skills are a crucial part of every graduate student’s professional toolkit. Statistics are used in many fields to quantify results in order to make them easy to interpret and communicate. These skills are essential to critically evaluate academic articles and reports that you encounter in your own work.

This workshop will seek to provide a review of basic concepts in statistics (such as mean, mode, median, variance and standard deviation) that are useful to understand, critique and communicate data. Additionally, you will learn how to carry out a simple statistical analysis to compare two groups of numerical data. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of what software or tool is most appropriate given the format or structure of your data.

The first session of the workshop will focus on estimating different measures, and basic statistical tests. The second part of the workshop will focus on sampling techniques, reporting statistical analysis, and how to critically interpret statistics.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:
1. Understand and distinguish between some basic statistical measures
2. Learn how to carry out a simple statistical test (a T-test)
3. Learn how to report statistical measures formally
4. Understand the influence of sampling techniques and sample size on statistical measures
5. Be able to read and interpret reported statistics
6. Assess what statistical platform to use depending on you data format

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Tanya Singh.

Tanya is currently pursuing her PhD at the John Molson School of Business and studies consumer decision making under resource scarcity. She is a self-described foodie and amateur artist. Tanya enjoys teaching and communicating her work with peers and students alike. In her research, Tanya employs various sources of data to understand how consumers make decisions when faced with resource scarcity, during events like hurricane Katrina. Tanya obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree (from India) and PhD in Evolutionary Genetics (from the University of Pennsylvania).


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October 28 - November 4, 2020, 11:00 - 13:00, Wed

Disclaimer: Available spots is an estimation.
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