The Joy of Statistics

One of the many reasons people study statistics is to be able to develop, conduct and understand research and to write research reports. But, we encounter statistics every day of our lives as well. How often have you heard a news reporter say something like: “results from a recent poll indicate the Republican candidate will win the election by a 64-36 margin?” Did you understand what that meant? Or that you were encountering a use of statistics?

The union is pleased to present a two-session course on the basics of statistical concepts which will provide participants with an understanding of statistics and their application in everyday life. The course will be given on two successive Tuesdays, October 17th and 24th, 2017 from 6-9 pm at the union office. Registration and refreshments at 5:30pm.

At the completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • identify the two branches of statistics – descriptive and inferential
  • understand the differences between quantitative, qualitative and mixed data
  • apply statistics in research and the everyday environment
  • identify statistical terminologies in everyday areas such as the weather report, Wall Street fluctuations and political jargon

    The instructor is Dr. Sybil M. DeVeaux, a union retiree who has trained on statistics for OSA’s Staff, Associate and Staff Analyst Trainee exam preparation courses. She teaches business, management, economics and statistics at Empire State College of the State University of New York.

    If you would like to register for the course, please print, complete and return the form available at this link by mail to the union office or by fax to 212-686-1231 no later than October 10, 2017.


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