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Mastering basic vocabulary is the first step in learning statistics. Understanding the types of statistical methods, the sources of data used for data collection, sampling methods, and the types of variables used in statistical analysis are also important introductory concepts. Subsequent chapters focus on four important reasons for learning statistics:

  • To present and describe information (Chapters 2 and 3)
  • To reach conclusions about populations based only on sample results (Chapters 4 through 9)
  • To develop reliable forecasts (Chapters 10 and 11)
  • To use analytics to reach conclusions about large sets of data (Chapters 12, 13, 14)
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