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Comments on Ask MetaFilter post What basic statistics concepts do I need to understand web analytics?Wed, 03 Feb 2010 13:14:26 -0800Wed, 03 Feb 2010 13:14:26 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60Question: What basic statistics concepts do I need to understand web analytics?
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I'm registered for a <a href="http://continuingeducation.bellevuecollege.edu/documentlibrary/computers/coursedescriptions/Web%20Analytics.pdf">Web Analytics class</a>. A prerequisite is "Familiarity with basic concepts of statistics." I'm not a math person and never studied statistics. Which basic statistics concepts should learn before this class? Are there any comic books, videos, or fun resources that would help me learn? <br /><br /> This is a 9 hour continuing ed class. No worry about a grade. I need to keep up with the lecture and hold my own in the group activities. I am a Web Project Manager with a smattering of web development experience from long ago (HTML, VBcript). I'm very confident in my knowledge of web design concepts. I want this class to make me more savvy and useful in business. To round out my knowledge base.post:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.144955Wed, 03 Feb 2010 12:57:35 -0800valanncstatisticswebanalyticsmathematicsmatheducationresolvedBy: paulg
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The book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393310728/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">How to Lie with Statistics</a> would be a good start. It's a brief, funny conceptual overview, and I don't think you need any math background to understand it.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.144955-2076328Wed, 03 Feb 2010 13:14:26 -0800paulgBy: effbot
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Do you understand things like averages & distributions (including a rough understanding of what a standard deviation is?). If that's not completely greek to you, you're probably fine.<br>
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(I'd point you to Wikipedia articles, but their math articles tend to be useless if you're actually interested in learning anything; they're mostly written by math students that seem to believe that everyone in the whole world is also a math student.)comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.144955-2076349Wed, 03 Feb 2010 13:27:07 -0800effbotBy: mkultra
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Looking at the syllabus you linked to, I sincerely doubt that any meaningful stats knowledge is necessary beyond being able to look at a line graph and see the trend. I wouldn't sweat it.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.144955-2076397Wed, 03 Feb 2010 13:49:20 -0800mkultraBy: thermonuclear.jive.turkey
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The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1593271891/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">manga guide to statistics</a> may be worth a look?comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.144955-2076402Wed, 03 Feb 2010 13:51:24 -0800thermonuclear.jive.turkeyBy: OmieWise
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Here is a recent <a href="http://ask.metafilter.com/144257/Statistical-Methods-Crash-Course-Wanted">AskMe question</a> about a "crash course" in statistical methods. I imagine that most of the stuff covered in the linked resources will greatly exceed your needs, but you might find it helpful.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.144955-2076403Wed, 03 Feb 2010 13:52:50 -0800OmieWiseBy: that possible maker of pork sausages
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For a Scientific Method for Lawyers class I took, the professors assigned <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0024040908/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">Statistics Without Tears</a>. It covers the concepts behind statistics, without the calculations, and was pretty accessible.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.144955-2076426Wed, 03 Feb 2010 14:03:12 -0800that possible maker of pork sausagesBy: NoraReed
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The author of the Cartoon History of the Universe also made a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062731025/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">Cartoon Guide To Statistics</a>. I haven't read it, but I like all the other Cartoon History/Guide books I've read.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.144955-2076427Wed, 03 Feb 2010 14:06:29 -0800NoraReedBy: idb
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You could read some of the supporting materials for <a href="http://www.google.com/analytics/">Google Analytics</a>.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.144955-2076429Wed, 03 Feb 2010 14:06:56 -0800idbBy: DarlingBri
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They do not mean statistics they way the rest of us mean statistics. If you can look at and understand your own web statistics, I think you'll be prepared enough.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.144955-2076485Wed, 03 Feb 2010 15:03:49 -0800DarlingBriBy: immlass
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Seconding the Cartoon Guide. I have read it and found it very conceptually helpful.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.144955-2076606Wed, 03 Feb 2010 17:20:47 -0800immlassBy: valannc
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Thanks for all these replies! Who knew there were at least TWO comic books about statistics. My public library has the Manga Guide to Statistics, so I'm all set. :-)comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.144955-2078135Thu, 04 Feb 2010 20:16:42 -0800valannc