Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It deals with all aspects of data including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments. Check out Penn State's tutorial on basic statistics.
The Nature of Data and Variation
Although natural phenomena in the real life are unpredictable, the designs of experiments are bounded to generate data that varies because of intrinsic (internal to the system) or extrinsic (due to the ambient environment) effects.
Uses and Abuses of Statistics
Statistics is the science of variation, randomness and chance.
Design of Experiments
Design of experiments is the blueprint for planning a study or experiment, performing the data collection protocol and controlling the study parameters for accuracy and consistency.
Statistics with Tools (Calculators and Computers)
All methods for data analysis, understanding or visualizing are based on models that often have compact analytical representations (e.g., formulas, symbolic equations, etc.) Models are used to study processes theoretically.
Enhance your Wellness
While you’re a student, a lot of your time can be spent on schoolwork while other important activities might be forgotten. You have 24hours each day and many choices about how you spend those hours. Be intentional with your time and ensure you engage in fun and healthy activities outside of school!
What’s one of the most important choices you can make for your health?
For more wellness resources, see https://services.viu.ca/counselling/health-wellness-resources.
Student Support Areas
Computers with SPSS software
- Bldg 305 (Library), Library Commons* (includes SPSS and ArcGIS)
- Bldg 356 Room 340 (includes SPSS) - 20 workstations + 1 Instructor station
- Bldg 250 - Room 115 (includes SPSS & Simply Accounting) - 36 workstations + 1 Instructor station
- Bldg 356 - 2nd Floor Atrium* (includes SPSS) - 19 workstations
Value for Me?
Statistics provides tools that you need in order to react intelligently to information you hear or read. In this sense, statistics is one of the most important things that you can study.