In This Chapter
Getting up to speed on the prerequisites for biostatistics
Understanding the clinical research environment
Surveying the special procedures used to analyze biological data
Estimating how many subjects you need
Working with distributions
Biostatistics deals with the design and execution of scientific experiments on living creatures, the acquisition and analysis of data from those experiments, and the interpretation and presentation of the results of those analyses.
This book is meant to be a useful and easy-to-understand companion to the more formal textbooks used in graduate-level biostatistics courses. Because most of these courses concentrate on the more clinical areas of biostatistics, this book focuses on that area as well. In this chapter, I introduce you to the fundamentals of biostatistics.
Brushing Up on Math and Stats Basics