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6. Shape of a Distribution

In our study of statistics, we learn many methods to help us summarize, analyze, and interpret data with the aim of making informed decisions in an uncertain environment. In this first week we introduce tables and graphs that help us get a handle of data. These tools provide visual support for better decision making. With this in mind, we will guide you through the concept of decisions based on incomplete information. Beginning from here, we will introduce you to the concept of population vs. sample, of parameter vs. statistic and of descriptive statistics vs. inferential statistics. We will then go through the concept of describing data, and we will introduce the idea of creating and interpreting graphs to describe categorical and continuous random variables.

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