Basic Statistics Part 1: The Law of Large Numbers

The Logic of Science

Statistics are a fundamental and vital component of science, and a good grasp of statistics is absolutely essentially if you want to be able to understand scientific results. Nevertheless, the vast majority of people have little or no knowledge of statistics. This leads to a great deal of confusion. Indeed, the vast majority of anti-science arguments that I have heard can be traced back to a poor understanding of statistics. It is therefore my goal to use this series of posts as a brief primer on statistics. In it, I will attempt to briefly explain some of the core concepts which are so often confused and misused. To really be qualified to understand science, you should take several courses in statistics and practice repeatedly, but these posts should at least help you to see through some of the crap on the internet.

The first fundamental topic that I want to…

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