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When people are asked to think of the word statistics, they often think of maths. However, statistics give ways of understanding the world and to advance knowledge into certain areas which may have not been researched into before. When given a task on statistics many students often open SPSS, complete the analysis of the given data and simply look at the ‘p’ value to see if the data supports the hypothesis, very rarely do they look beyond the results to see why they have been produced they way they have. Having a strong statistical background can provide a person with a more knowledgeable grasp of the data. The evaluation they then give in research reports and projects will seem more supported, if they have delved into the background of the data and the periods of time in which they may have fallen, they will then be able to make further assumptions on the data which may have been missed before. For example, if the results of an experiment into hair and eye colour in Europe had been produced, then a person could look further into the data and find that the distribution of eye and hair colour could be down to the Vikings who conquered countries and made settlements in many areas of Europe, this idea may have not been produced into findings before and therefore when written into an evaluation will make the report seem more valid as more thought has gone into why the results may be. In conclusion I believe that having a strong statistical background can provide benefits into the writing of such reports and will provide more validity into evaluations as more research and personal thought has gone into why the results may or may not support the given hypothesis of the experiment.

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Comments on: "Are there benefits to gaining a strong statistical background?" (4)

  1. Statistics will help with reports and interpretation of data, I agree with you on that. But what else do you think a strong background in statistics would aid?
    You’ve mentioned mainly reports and statistics in Psychology but do you think there are any other specialties or aspects of life which a background in statistics would be beneficial in? 🙂

  2. I totally agree with your opening lines about how most people understand stats to be just maths, when in reality, there is so much more to it! Great way to start 
    In future blogs, I think it would be a good idea to use evidence to help support your arguments. Although you’ve given examples, evidence which include actually statistics would be more appropriate and beneficial to your blog.
    I would also recommend you create more of a discussion, looking at reasons why a strong background in stats isn’t actually beneficial, before leading on to reasons why it is such an advantage. This shows you have looked at both decides before you made a final decision on what you thought personally.

  3. I completely agree with the fact that many people believe stats is purely maths based. I think people need to realise that stats is a lot more than working out sums, although i do agree that there are a hell of a lot of numbers to look at and to try and work out. However, i think it only needs to be this complicated for professional researchers such as Psychologists and many others but you get where i am coming from :). What would you say to those who know nothing about the in depth side of statistics? Is it worth mentioning the simplicity of everyday statistics? e.g. how many times a day we eat?

  4. Good blog with a very good example , I agree with how statistics is beneficial for understanding research, however you could have perhaps discussed how it is beneficial in the real world for example with the beauty campaigns were 9 out of 10 women agree etc. Have you considered any other arguements maybe against statistics being beneficial to people?

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