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The next generation of Python programmers

The next generation of Python programmers

Posted Apr 24, 2014 3:22 UTC (Thu) by droundy (subscriber, #4559)
In reply to: The next generation of Python programmers by mathstuf
Parent article: The next generation of Python programmers

No, I'd put statistics right at the top of the list of topics that everyone should have a good grasp of.

The challenge, of course, is to find teachers of statistics with sufficient knowledge of the subject to do more good than harm.

For instance, ideally every high school graduate would have a more solid understanding of statistics than doctoral researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland, who know just enough about statistics to make (and publish) results containing a textbook error in the use of the P-test, as reported here:

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/reports-of-a-drop-in-...

For appropriate background on this particular error:

http://xkcd.com/882/

Sadly, there is rarely as ready access to the data and methodology as was in place for this particular study, so it is usually hard to know when researchers commit this sort of fraud (or malpractice).


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