Do I need to crash a high school stats class?

Where do English majors go to learn key principles behind deriving mathematically sound meaning from data? I worked for years as a digital editor. Now I'm a "content strategist," which means I'm responsible for proving my new strategy increases reader engagement via different metrics like UVs, shares, attention time, average story finish rate, etc. I'm very familiar with platforms like Google Analytics and Chartbeat. But I want to learn how to see patterns in them there numbers, and I NEED to make sure my insights are mathematically accurate. How can I most efficiently do that without getting a brain transplant? (Example below.)
posted by jessca84 on Nov 12, 2015 - 13 answers

I can say with 99% confidence that this class is killing me

I'm struggling hard in my statistics class right now. Some of it comes from not grasping the concepts, but a bigger part is the ridiculous level of anxiety I've developed about my grades, and catastrophizing about what a low grade means. Help me attack both aspects of the problem.
posted by ActionPopulated on Mar 28, 2013 - 22 answers

Fallacies and Errors in Inferential Statistics

I have recently been introduced to the concept of pseudoreplication as a mistake that people often make when using inferential statistics to evaluate treatment outcomes. My field (evolutionary and conservation biology) makes heavy use of inferential statistics, including techniques that are vulnerable to pseudoreplication, yet nowhere in my formal education have I been taught about how poor experimental design and lack of statistical rigor can lead to fallacies like this. My personal statistical proficiency is poor, but I am working to remedy that. To that end, could folks help me by identifying and ideally explaining whatever other potential pitfalls you can think of, and explaining how they can be avoided through careful experimental design and data-analysis?
posted by Scientist on Jan 26, 2013 - 5 answers

When calculating a statistical average, is it reasonable to remove outliers?

When calculating a statistical average, is it reasonable to remove outliers?
posted by JPigford on Jan 13, 2012 - 31 answers

Help me sample accurately!

Please provide me with an *effective*, and statistically sound, table/chart listing suggested sample size guidance for associated population size
posted by thankyoumuchly on Jan 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Math for the fantasy sports enthusiast

Looking for resources regarding math in sports.
posted by reenum on Mar 17, 2009 - 12 answers

Past performance, future results, &c

Statistics-filter: I need to establish to what extent student performance on a particular standardized test is predicted by each of the following: GPA, standardized test scores and a couple of other miscellaneous numerical factors. How do I go about this?
posted by perissodactyl on Mar 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Formulas for Food

Looking for math formulas involving food.
posted by JaySunSee on Aug 4, 2007 - 5 answers

How do I process user ratings of content fairly?

How do I process user ratings of content without skewing results of items that have only been rated once?
posted by Orkboi on Jul 10, 2006 - 19 answers

Help with stats/excel

Ok, so I'm an Anthropology major ,and I decided taking a course called Quantification of Archaeological Data would be a good idea...
posted by rbf1138 on May 7, 2006 - 3 answers

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