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Sampling error and non-sampling error

September 3, 2014
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Sampling error and non-sampling error

The subject of statistics is rife with misleading terms. I have written about this before in such posts as Teaching Statistical Language and It is so random. But the terms sampling error and non-sampling error win the Dr Nic prize for … Continue reading →

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Teaching random variables and distributions

August 18, 2014
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Teaching random variables and distributions

Why do we teach about random variables, and why is it so difficult to understand? Probability and statistics go together pretty well and basic probability is included in most introductory statistics courses. Often maths teachers prefer the probability section as … Continue reading →

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Dr Nic goes to ICOTS9

July 23, 2014
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Dr Nic goes to ICOTS9

I had a great time at ICOTS9. Academic conferences are a bit of a lottery, but ICOTS is two for two for me. Both ICOTS8 and ICOTS9 were winners – enjoyable, interesting and inspiring.  I’ve just returned from ICOTS9 in … Continue reading →

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It is so random! Or is it? The meaning of randomness

June 25, 2014
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It is so random! Or is it? The meaning of randomness

The concept of “random” is a tough one. First there is the problem of lexical ambiguity. There are colloquial meanings for random that don’t totally tie in with the technical or domain-specific meanings for random. Then there is the fact … Continue reading →

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Introducing Probability

May 23, 2014
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Introducing Probability

I have a guilty secret. I really love probability problems. I am so happy to be making videos about probability just now, and conditional probability and distributions and all that fun stuff. I am a little disappointed that we won’t be … Continue reading →

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Introducing Probability

May 23, 2014
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Introducing Probability

I have a guilty secret. I really love probability problems. I am so happy to be making videos about probability just now, and conditional probability and distributions and all that fun stuff. I am a little disappointed that we won’t be … Continue reading →

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Support Dr Nic and Statistics Learning Centre videos

May 1, 2014
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Support Dr Nic and Statistics Learning Centre videos

This is a short post, sometimes called e-begging! I had been toying with the idea of a Kickstarter project, as a way for supporters of my work to help us keep going. Kickstarter is a form of crowd-sourcing, which lets … Continue reading →

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Support Dr Nic and Statistics Learning Centre videos

May 1, 2014
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Support Dr Nic and Statistics Learning Centre videos

This is a short post, sometimes called e-begging! I had been toying with the idea of a Kickstarter project, as a way for supporters of my work to help us keep going. Kickstarter is a form of crowd-sourcing, which lets … Continue reading →

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A helpful structure for analysing graphs

April 22, 2014
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A helpful structure for analysing graphs

Mathematicians teaching English “I became a maths teacher so I wouldn’t have to mark essays” “I’m having trouble getting the students to write down their own ideas” “When I give them templates I feel as if it’s spoon-feeding them” These … Continue reading →

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A helpful structure for analysing graphs

April 22, 2014
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A helpful structure for analysing graphs

Mathematicians teaching English “I became a maths teacher so I wouldn’t have to mark essays” “I’m having trouble getting the students to write down their own ideas” “When I give them templates I feel as if it’s spoon-feeding them” These … Continue reading →

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