Step 1: Your Needs & Requirements

You start off with a need to do statistics, which may seem like a weird statement but then again you’re reading this book.... Perhaps your need arises from:
  1. A specific problem or opportunity, say a business problem, like the need to test a potential pharmaceutical drug or to exploit a new opportunity. The Accu-Phi company, introduced in Chapter 1, has various business problems such as identifying and understanding their services sales numbers.
  2. You may have a more general need to understand your particular world better (perhaps you are an insurance company that wants to analyze its claims data for any patterns it can find).
  3. Perhaps you have a research report for a university degree or other need. ...

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