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Introduction to Statistics

Statistics encompasses the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and provides a framework for thinking about data in a rigorous fashion. Statistics is used in many areas of scientific and social research, is critical to business and manufacturing, and provides the mathematical foundation for machine learning and data mining.

In this course, students will gain a comprehensive introduction to the concepts and techniques of elementary statistics as applied to a wide variety of disciplines. The course emphasizes problem solving, statistical thinking, and results interpretation.

Topics include:

  • Descriptive statistics
  • Basic probability
  • Probability distributions
  • Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
  • Sampling distributions
  • Confidence intervals
  • One and two sample hypothesis testing
  • Categorical data analysis
  • Correlation
  • Regression

Practical experience:

  • Organize, summarize, and present data
  • Describe the relation between two variables
  • Work with sample data to make inferences about a population

Software: Students will need access to Excel or similar spreadsheet software to complete the course assignments.

Transferring UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Credit

Many UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies courses can be transferred to UC San Diego or other colleges or universities. The transfer of credit is determined solely by the receiving institution. You should discuss how your individual courses will transfer with the registrar's office at the receiving institution before you enroll.

Course typically offered: Online, quarterly

Prerequisites: None

More Information: For more information about this course, please contact

Course Number: CSE-41069
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Machine Learning Methods

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