Statistics - Driving Success Or Blocking The Road?


Book: 
Proceedings of the sixth international conference on teaching statistics, Developing a statistically literate society
Authors: 
Zayac, S. A.
Editors: 
Phillips, B.
Category: 
Pages: 
Online
Year: 
2002
Publisher: 
International Statistical Institute
URL: 
http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/publications/1/4g1_zaya.pdf
Abstract: 

Yes, and yes. Success is dependent on developing conceptual understanding, easing interpretation, simplifying validation and facilitating corrective action. Focusing on statistical theory, data manipulation and increasing mathematical sophistication blocks the road to improvement. Lessons, learned over the past quarter century, in instructional strategies, in defining learning objectives and in using interactive examples, will be reviewed. Experience, demonstrating that developing EDA, measurement, DOE, prediction and control skills are critical, will be shared. Driven by the paradigm of statistical thinking and the concepts of quantitative literacy, compatible with the philosophies of Deming, Juran and Box, these approaches can ease implementation of ISO standards and accelerate the effectiveness of Six Sigma technologies.

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