Chapter 3

Mathematics and Statistics Tutorial

Pascal Wallisch

Not everyone who intends to start practicing the neurosciences can be expected to do so with a perfect knowledge of mathematics. As a matter of fact, due to the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the field, it would be quite surprising if this were the case. Educational backgrounds are diverse, and not everyone is privileged enough to hail from a “math-heavy” one as afforded by physics, computer science, or engineering. Thus, the purpose of this tutorial is largely therapeutic in nature. We will focus on introducing a few key concepts in linear algebra and statistics that are central to neuroscience research. We will do so in the most gentle and affirming way possible. In the process, ...

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