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MAT40S: Introduction to Statistics

This one-term course provides an overview of the questions addressed by statisticians.

This one-term course provides an overview of the questions addressed by statisticians. Students will discuss where data comes from, such as polls, surveys and experiments; they will study how to organize data and infer relationships between variables. Students will study enough probability to be able to discuss the role of chance and randomness in outcomes. In addition, they will decide how closely the results of polls actually mirror reality and how far the results of experiments can be extrapolated to the wider world. There will be many activities in class, and students will use the computer and calculator to display and analyze the data.