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
BIOL 300: Biostatistics
Professor:Dr. Luke HarmonDepartment of Zoology Office: 1370 BiosciencesOffice Hours: 2 - 4 pm Mondays(or after class)e-mail: email@example.com
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
The history of statistics has its roots in biology
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.
Statistics is also about good scientific practice
We try to predict or explain a response variable from an explanatory variable.
Populations and samples
In a random sample, each member of a population has an equal and independent chance of being selected.
A sample of convenience is a collection of individuals that happen to be available at the time.
Population parameters are constants whereas estimates are random variables, changing from one random sample to the next from the same population.
Read: Chapters 1 & 2