People are constantly confronted with information and the need to make choices and decisions based the raw data they receive. Phones deliver information about traffic, we have ratings about restaurants or books, and even rankings of hospitals. Data is everywhere..., our lives are governed by numbers... therefore the development of appropriate methods of thinking, analysing and making sense of this data is an increasingly important part of modern life.
Statistics encourages you to question what you see in data and critically evaluate reports produced by others. It develops an appreciation of variation, an understanding of statistical models and formalises statistical inference methods.
“Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.” H G Wells (1886 – 1946)