MATH 399N Week 3 Discussion: Statistics and Probability in the News


MATH 399N Week 3 Discussion: Statistics and Probability in the News

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 3 (All Sections)
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source

Initial Post Instructions

Keep your eyes and ears open as you read or listen to the news this week. Find/discover an example of statistics & probability in the news to discuss the following statement that represents one of the objectives of statistics analysis: “Statistics and Probability helps us make decisions based on data analysis.” Briefly discuss how the news item or article meets this objective. Cite your references. Also, keep in mind and discuss how the impact of your study on your patients or staff might differ if you found it in a journal.

Follow-Up Post Instructions

Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.

Here are suggested responses.

  1. Make an inference based on the analysis and news piece of a peer.
  2. Find a post where the news piece can be misleading and explain why you think it is misleading.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up)
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references

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