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Introduction to Biostatistics with JMP by Steve Figard

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Chapter 2: Thinking Statistically

“Poirot,” I said. “I have been thinking.”

“An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.”

Agatha Christie, Peril at End House

Thinking Like a Statistician

Step One: What Is Your Objective?

Step Two: What Type of Data Do You Have?

Step Three (The Forgotten Step): Check Method Assumptions!

Summary

Thinking Like a Statistician

At the risk of sounding like we are about to embark on some mystical journey of introspection, the purpose of this chapter is set the stage for what is to follow. Here we want to consider how to think like a statistician. This is easier said than done, but is not an impossible task. Every discipline, whether it be some esoteric branch of mathematics or the more mundane field of car mechanics, ...

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