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Research Methods Information : Using Statistics

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VIDEO: Choosing which Statistical Test to Use

About: "Seven different statistical tests and a process by which you can decide which to use. The tests are: Test for a mean, test for a proportion, difference of proportions, difference of two means - independent samples, difference of two means - paired, chi-squared test for independence and regression." From the Statistical Learning Centre (NZ).

Published  Jan 31, 2012
Runtime: 9:33 min.

Selected Books on Using Statistics in the Humantities

Visualizing Your Data

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Visualizing data  is not the same thing as visualizing statistical concepts.  See this info box on this page for info on the latter.

Using Statistics

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VIDEO: Statistics Learning Center (NZ)

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A trailer introducing the excellently scripted and presented videos and resources produced by Statistics Learning Centre (New Zealand). Videos are close captioned. The entire collection of over 30 videos can be viewed on the Centre's YouTube channel.

Presenter: Dr Nicola Ward Petty (aka Dr. Nic) has taught business statistics and operations research at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand for over twenty years. She was awarded a university teaching award in 2006 and has mentored other faculty, and developed innovative and successful courses to help people who find quantitative subjects difficult.

Published on April 24, 2013 | Runtime 1:09 min

Humorous Video: Sebastian Wernicke: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics (about TEDTalks)

Learning statistics can stress people out.

"Here is a "a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek analysis, [biometrics expert] Sebastian Wernicke turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating "the optimum TEDTalk" based on user ratings. How do you rate it? "Jaw-dropping"? "Unconvincing"? Or just plain "Funny"?" [From video description]

VIDEOS: Dancing Statistics

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This elegant approach to visualizing statistical concepts via dance is the product of the British Psychological Society. Project title: 'Communicating Psychology to the Public through Dance' (AKA 'Dancing Statistics')

The video below is Dancing statistics: explaining the statistical concept of variance through dance. The remaining 3 videos of the set can be found at the BPS Media Centre YouTube page.

Statistics Training Videos/Podcasts

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General Reference Books: Statistical Analysis

Books on Select Statistical Techniques

This list is a selection of titles only.  For a complete listing of all the titles in our Online Catalog with statistical methodsI as a subject heading, click here. (You will be asked for your APUS login information)

Visualizing Statistical Concepts


From the Research Methods in Psychology website by Professors Chip Reichardt & Jan Keenan of the University of Denver, "Visualizing Statistical Concepts" uses computer graphics to understand statistical concepts.

Visualizing Statistical Concepts

Glossaries/Dictionaries of Statistical Terms

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Statistics Quick Reference Sheets

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Selected Books on Data Display

BLOG (For Teachers and Students)

Dr. Nicola Ward PettyDr. Nic

Learn and teach Statistics and Operations Research

This blog gives ideas to help teachers and learners of Statistics and Operations Research. As decision sciences with a mathematical foundation, both these disciplines can be difficult to teach and understand. The emergence of computer packages such as Excel have changed the way these subjects can be taught, potentially making them more accessible and hands-on.

There are many good blogs about the application of statistics and operations research, but few about teaching these inherently interesting subjects. This blog aims to fit in that gap, entertaining, inspiring and helping teachers and learners alike.

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