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Inferential Statistics

University of Amsterdam via Coursera

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Inferential statistics are concerned with making inferences based on relations found in the sample, to relations in the population. Inferential statistics help us decide, for example, whether the differences between groups that we see in our data are strong enough to provide support for our hypothesis that group differences exist in general, in the entire population.

We will start by considering the basic principles of significance testing: the sampling and test statistic distribution, p-value, significance level, power and type I and type II errors. Then we will consider a large number of statistical tests and techniques that help us make inferences for different types of data and different types of research designs. For each individual statistical test we will consider how it works, for what data and design it is appropriate and how results should be interpreted. You will also learn how to perform these tests using freely available software.

For those who are already familiar with statistical testing: We will look at z-tests for 1 and 2 proportions, McNemar's test for dependent proportions, t-tests for 1 mean (paired differences) and 2 means, the Chi-square test for independence, Fisher’s exact test, simple regression (linear and exponential) and multiple regression (linear and logistic), one way and factorial analysis of variance, and non-parametric tests (Wilcoxon, Kruskal-Wallis, sign test, signed-rank test, runs test).

Taught by

Emiel van Loon and Annemarie Zand Scholten


3.3 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • Ericdo1810
    This course is awesome on so many levels. This is the best inferential statistics course I've come across. Here's why: - The slides are beautiful and visually appealing, making following the rigorous content easier to digest. - Instructors are cap…
  • Rachael Walker
    You must pay to access certain content of the course. This trend in Coursera is really a pity, and I am actively looking for other platforms for high quality MOOCs
  • Beniamino Di Maro

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