Mathematics, statistics, and teaching


Book: 
The American Mathematical Monthly
Authors: 
Cobb, G. W., & Moore, D. S.
Category: 
Volume: 
104(9)
Pages: 
801-824
Year: 
1997
Abstract: 

How does statistical thinking differ from mathematical thinking? What is the role of mathematics in statistics? If you purge statistics of its mathematical content, what intellectual substance remains? In what follows, we offer some answers to these questions and relate them to a sequence of examples that provide an overview of current statistical practice. Along the way, and especially toward the end, we point to some implications for the teaching of statistics.