Evaluate risk statements, always maintaining sharp distinctions between absolute and relative risk
Calculate and interpret the chances of rare events and modify these calculations in response to new information.
Critically evaluate survey results and engage in fruitful debate about survey findings.
Identify and inoculate yourself against common data manipulation tricks
Is it safe to eat red meat? How seriously should you take the latest opinion poll on an upcoming election? We are constantly bombarded with information on what we can and can’t do based on statistics. Your ability to answer and respond to statistical questions can affect your health, happiness, job, and understanding of the world around you.
On this course, you will learn to understand statistical claims so you can make more rational decisions. You will also learn how to answer hard numerical questions and use approximations to calculate the risk of chance.
This course is for anyone who is curious about the world and has an interest in statistics.
This online course has been developed thanks to the support of the Bedford Society, the society for alumni and former staff of Bedford College, one of the founding colleges of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College.