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Basic Statistics

10 Reviews 1757 students interested
• Provider Coursera
• Subject Statistics & Probability
• Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
• Session Upcoming
• Language English
• Certificate Paid Certificate Available
• Start Date
• Duration 8 weeks long

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Overview

Understanding statistics is essential to understand research in the social and behavioral sciences. In this course you will learn the basics of statistics; not just how to calculate them, but also how to evaluate them. This course will also prepare you for the next course in the specialization - the course Inferential Statistics.

In the first part of the course we will discuss methods of descriptive statistics. You will learn what cases and variables are and how you can compute measures of central tendency (mean, median and mode) and dispersion (standard deviation and variance). Next, we discuss how to assess relationships between variables, and we introduce the concepts correlation and regression.

The second part of the course is concerned with the basics of probability: calculating probabilities, probability distributions and sampling distributions. You need to know about these things in order to understand how inferential statistics work.

The third part of the course consists of an introduction to methods of inferential statistics - methods that help us decide whether the patterns we see in our data are strong enough to draw conclusions about the underlying population we are interested in. We will discuss confidence intervals and significance tests.

You will not only learn about all these statistical concepts, you will also be trained to calculate and generate these statistics yourself using freely available statistical software.

Taught by

Annemarie Zand Scholten

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Rachael W
1.0 2 years ago
completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course isn't really free. You must pay to access certain content. This is an unfortunate trend with Coursera, and I will jump ship as soon as I find a comparable free alternative.
Anonymous
4.0 2 years ago
is taking this course right now.
Instructor is nice and presents concepts in very easy way. Good if you need basic and intuitive understanding of statistics. BUT this is not a mathematical course what I was hoping it would be (it feels like it tries to stay as far from maths as possible)
Robert G
4.0 3 years ago
completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Great course and instructors. They presented the material very well and clearly. You will know the basics of statics when done.
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