“Poirot,” I said. “I have been thinking.”
“An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.”
Agatha Christie, Peril at End House
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, ...