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View Resource Cartoon: Normal versus Paranormal

A cartoon for use in teaching about the Normal distribution. The cartoon was drawn by Australian epidemiologist Matthew Freeman of the Public Health Information Development Unit at the University of Adelaide. It is free for use on course websites or in the classroom provided author acknowledgement is given (e.g. leave copyright statement on the image). Commercial uses should contact the...
View Resource Quote: Playfair on Presenting Data

"...making an appeal to the eye when proportion and magnitude are concerned, is the best and readiest method of conveying a distinct idea." is a quote by Scottish political economist William Playfair (1759 - 1823) often credited as the originator of statistical graphics. The quote is found in the preface to his 1801 book "The Statistical Breviary: Shewing, on a Principle Entirely New, The...
View Resource Quote: Hubbard on Graphics

"There is a magic in graphs. The profile of a curve reveals in a flash a whole situation - the life history of an epidemic, a panic, or an era of prosperity. The curve informs the mind, awakens the imagination, convinces." is a quote by Henry David Hubbard (1870-1943) who was the first secretary of the National Bureau of Standards; serving from 1901 to 1938. The quote appears in his...
View Resource Quote: Oakes on Confidence Intervals versus Tests

"The researcher armed with a confidence interval, but deprived of the false respectability of statistical significance, must work harder to convince himself and others of the importance of his findings. This can only be good." is a quote by British statistician Michael W. Oakes. The quote is found in his 1986 book "Statistical Inference: a Commentary for the Social and Behavioural Sciences"...
View Resource Quote: Born on Chance

"The conception of chance enters in the very first steps of scientific activity in virtue of the fact that no observation is absolutely correct. I think chance is a more fundamental conception that causality; for whether in a concrete case, a cause-effect relation holds or not can only be judged by applying the laws of chance to the observation." is a quote by German and British nobel prize...
View Resource Quote: Senn on the Value of Statistics

"If you think that statistics has nothing to say about what you do or how you could do it better, then you are either wrong or in need of a more interesting job." is a quote by Swiss Statistician Professor Stephen John Senn (1953 - ). The quote is from his 2003 book "Dicing with Death: Chance, Risk, and Health" published by Cambridge University Press.
View Resource Quote: DeLegge on What Statistics Say

"Although numbers don't lie, it's rather annoying that they don't tell us everything we need to know. Maybe it's because 99% of all statistics only tell us 49% of the story." is a quote by American investment author Ron DeLegge II (1971 - ). The quote appears in his book "Gents With No Cents" published in 2011 by Half Full Publishing Group.
View Resource Song: Hit Me With Your Best Plot!

The song may be used to teach the importance of a good graphical display in presenting statistical data. May be sung to the tune of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" (Eddie Schwartz, Pat Benatar, 1980). An earlier version appeared in Spring 2011 issue of Teaching Statistics. Lyrics by Lawrence Lesser, University of Texas at El Paso. version here introduced at the 2013 U.S. Conference On Teaching...
View Resource Joke: Rush Week

A joke that can be used when teaching six sigma process control ideas or chi-squared goodness-of-fit tests.
View Resource Quote: Rudnick on Statisticians

"...statisticians are the new sexy vampires, only even more pasty." A quote by American playwright, columnist, and humorist Paul M. Rudnick (1957 - ) from his November 19, 2012 essay "A Date with Nate" in The New Yorker. The essay arose after the correct prediction of the winner of the presidential race in all 50 states in 2012 by statistician Nate Silver

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