Can you please help me understand this stuff?
July 12, 2007 6:20 AM Subscribe
[IHaveAnExamTodayFilter] I am a graduate student in social work. Today I have a midterm that will include questions on a few things I just cannot understand despite lectures, notes and a glossary. They include confidence level, confidence interval, standard deviation and margin or error
. Can you explain this stuff to me, preferably in relation to one another?
posted by sneakin to Education (19 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
My brother tried to explain the above concepts to me in the context of his background which is biology and statistics. Unfortunately that doesn't help me a bit with what I need to understand-- he had way too many formulas, numbers and technical terms I didn't know. If anyone out there has a social science or social science research background (or is really, really good at making this stuff understandable to someone with NO math, NO stats, NO hard science background) and can explain this stuff, I would be darn grateful.
I don't need an incredibly nuanced understanding of the math or equations involved, I just need to have a general conceptual understanding of what each of the above things are. Definitions plus example, perhaps?
I realize this is a tall order. Thank you in advance.