BIOSTATS 540 - Fall 2021
Introduction to Biostatistics
Biostatistics and Epidemiology
UMass Amherst
Instructor: Carol Bigelow



For Students


This Week

Unit Lecture Notes

Unit Tests


Other Resources

Course Unit Pages

1. Summarizing Data

2. Data Visualization

3. Probability: Basics

4. Probabilities in Epidemiology

5. Populations and Samples

6. Bernoulli and Binomal Distributions

7. Normal Distribution

8. Statistical Literacy: Estimation and Hypothesis Testing

9. One Sample Inference

10. Two Sample Inference

11. Chi Square Tests

12. Simple Linear Regression and Correlation


Unit 8. Statistical Literacy: Introduction to Estimation and Hypothesis Testing

1. Introduction
2. Learning Module
3. Activities/Statistics in Practice
4. Resources


(1) Introduction
(source: Nuzzo, R. Nature. Vol 526 8 October 2015) Fooling Ourselves, 4 pp (html)
VIDEO (Source: University of British Columbia Visualizing Statistics Series) Confidence Interval for the Mean TUTORIAL (html)
Video (source: jbstatistics) Introduction to Confidence Intervals (video, 6:41)
Video (source: jbstatistics) Introduction to Hypothesis Testing (video, 9:53)
Video (source: jbstatistics) Type I errors, Type II Errors and the Power of the Test (video, 8:10)
Video (source: TED Talk by Mona Chalabi) 3 Ways to Spot a Bad Statistic (video, 11:45)






(2) Learning Module
VIDEO (Source: Statistics Learning Centre) Understanding Confidence Intervals (video, 4:04)
VIDEO (Source: Statistics Learning Centre) Calculating the Confidence Interval for the Mean Using a Formula (video, 5:28)
VIDEO (Source: Statistics Learning Centre) Hypothesis Testing (video, 7:37)
VIDEO (Source: Statistics Learning Centre) Understanding the P-value, t Test (video, 4:42)
ppt INTRODUDCTION (Source: Whitlock and Schluter - Chapter 4 ) Estimating with Uncertainty (pdf, 7 slides)
ppt INTRODUCTION (Source: Whitlock and Schluter - Chapter 6) Hypothesis Testing (pdf, 14 slides)
BIOSTATS 540 Fall 2021 Course Notes 8. Statistical Literacy - Estimation and Hypothesis Testing forthcoming
BIOSTATS 540 Fall 2021 Course Notes 8, SUPPLEMENT - Selected Probability Distributions (Normal, t, Chi Square, F) and How to Work with them forthcoming


(3) Activities/Statistics in Practice
(Source: Brown University Series - Seeing Theory) Frequentist Inference (html)
(Source: Nature Methods Vol. 10 No. 9 September 2013 pp 809-810) Importance of Being Uncertain (pdf, 2 pp)
(Source: Nature Methods Vol. 10 No. 9 September 2013 pp 1041-1042) Significance, P-values, t-tests (pdf, 2 pp)

(4) Resources
(Source: Nature Methods Series) Statistics for Biologists - Points of Significance (html)
(Source: Nuzzo, R. Nature Vol. 506, 13 February 2014) Statistical Errors (pdf, 3 pp)
(Source: Nature Methods Vol. 10 No. 9 September 2013 pp 809-810) Importance of Being Uncertain (pdf, 2 pp)
(Source: Science Vol 349 Issue 6251 Open Science Collaboration) Estimating the Reproducibility of Psychological Science (pdf, 10 pp)
ppt SLIDES (Source: John McGready, JHSPH, Methods in Biostatistics) Hypothesis Testing Graphs (pdf, 5 slides)
(Source: Nature Methods Vol. 492 September 2012 pp 809-810) Know When Your Numbers are Significant (pdf, 2 pp)




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