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The relevance of statistical training


Book: 
Proceedings of the First International Conference on Teaching Statistics, 1982
Authors: 
Gani, J.
Editors: 
Grey, D. R., Holmes, P., Barnett, V., & Constable, G. M.
Category: 
Volume: 
I
Pages: 
50-68
Year: 
1983
Publisher: 
Organising Committee of the First International Conference on Teaching Statistics
Place: 
Sheffield
Abstract: 

It is my intention to demonstrate in a very pragmatic way that statistics is a subject of vital importance; it enters substantially into the quantitative content of many (if not all) other professional studies. Statistical information is pervasive: a detailed analysis of The New York Times newspaper for Saturday 22 May 1982 will leave us in little doubt of this fact. The intelligent reading of such a newspaper, or of any other current information material, therefore makes a basic grounding in statistics essential for all citizens. This premise leads very naturally to a discussion of what a common core of statistical training should consist of, and how it might best be imparted to students in schools and colleges throughout the world.

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