Statistics provides the reasoning and the methods for producing and understanding data; it is the science of learning from data. It includes designing experiments or sampling surveys for the collection of data, collecting the information, evaluating it, drawing conclusions, and presenting the results.
Statisticians work with people from other professional backgrounds to solve practical problems. Statisticians can provide crucial guidance in determining what information is reliable and which predictions can be trusted. This diversity of application is an exciting aspect of the field, and is one reason for continuing strong demand for well-trained statisticians.
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For students studying statistics, undergraduate research is a valuable, hands-on chance to learn how to use statistics to support real research with real-world outcomes.
Glenn Swanson, a recent graduate from the Applied Statistics Master’s Program, recently won first place in the Harmonized Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Hackathon, a competition to create statistical models that could potentially help in a health care setting.
Department of Statistics develops interdisciplinary course in R for all students needing data analysis skills
This online course is meant to give students in all majors applicable, hands-on skills in data analysis and to prepare them for highly analytical upper division courses.