The reign of p-values is over. Statisticians rejoice!

In statistics we have some odd rule of thumbs, despite evidence that does little to support it. All our classic texts say that if we have a sufficient sample size then we can make assumptions about the distribution of the sample mean based on the Central Limit Theorem. In cases that involve the t-distribution, if n ≥ 30 then we can apply the CLT and use the z-value instead of the t-value, and yet the t-value for any given significance level is still pretty far from the respec

[StFX] Final Exam Schedule

The final exam schedule has been posted for some time, but if you haven't already done so you should take a look at the schedule for my classes - along with your other couses here. For my statistics classes 201:11, 201:14, and 333:10, your final exam schedule is below: - STAT201 (11/14), December 11 at 14:00 hrs (2:00pm) Oland Centre Gym, Rows 2-28 - STAT333 (10), December 14 at 19:00 hrs (7:00pm), Annex 23A School officially ends on December 4th, so you'll have plenty of tim

[Statistics] Truth, lies, and everything in between

Statistics is a funny thing. As the title eludes to, statistics can easily be misused on purpose, as in the case with a "Doctor" (he whose name must not be spoken) and the damage he did by fabricating a link between autism and vaccinations, or by mistake and/or ignorance. Statistics is defined as: sta·tis·tics (noun) \stə-ˈtis-tiks\ : a branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of masses of numerical data and an important as