Monthly Archives: February 2016

Statistics note: Why statistics is needed

Scientists ask questions about the world, design experiments, and use experimental findings to work out answers. In an experiment, descriptive statistics are used to summarise and describe observations from a sample (e.g., honey bees in Paris, voters from 5 electorates). However scientists are more interested in the population from which the sample was drawn (e.g., all honey bees in Europe,

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