BIOL 300: Biostatistics Statistical quotations There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics. Benjamin Disraeli / Mark Twain Statistical quotations There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics. Benjamin Disraeli / Mark Twain
Assignments (homework) 10%
Lab exam (final week of term) 10%
(eight days after they are assigned)
(September 18- 22)
Statistics - technology used to describe and measure aspects of nature from samples
Statistics lets us quantify the uncertainty of these measures
Inventor of fingerprints,
study of heredity of quantitative traits
Regression & correlation
Also: efficacy of prayer,
attractiveness as function of
distance from London
The Genetical Theory of
Founder of population genetics
Analysis of variance
etc., etc., etc.
We try to predict or explain a response variable from an explanatory variable.
Population parameters are http://digitalroam.typepad.com/digital_roam/2006/03/the_hole_story_.htmlconstants whereas estimates are random variables, changing from one random sample to the next from the same population.