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About statswithcats

Charlie Kufs has been crunching numbers for over thirty years. He retired in 2019 and is currently working on Stats with Kittens, the prequel to Stats with Cats.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

Probability is the core of statistics. You hear the phrase “what’s the probability of …” all the time in statistics. You also hear that phrase in everyday life, too. What’s the probability of rain tomorrow? What’s the probability of winning … Continue reading

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WHY YOU NEED TO TAKE STATS 101

Whether you’re in high school, college, or a continuing education program, you may have the opportunity, or be required, to take an introductory course in statistics, call it Stats 101. It’s certainly a requirement for degrees in the sciences and … Continue reading

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PROBABILITY IS SIMPLE … KINDA

Language isn’t very precise in dealing with uncertainty. Probably is more certain than possibly, but who knows where dollars-to-doughnuts falls on the spectrum. Statistics needs to deal with uncertainty more quantitatively. That’s where probability comes in. For the most part, … Continue reading

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What To Look For In Data

Sometimes you have to do things when you have no idea where to start. It can be a stressful experience. If you’ve ever had to analyze a data set, you know the anxiety. Deciding how and where to start exploring … Continue reading

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35 Ways Data Go Bad

When you take your first statistics class, your professor will be a kind person who cares about your mental well-being. OK, maybe not, but what the professor won’t do is give you real-world data sets. The data may represent things … Continue reading

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The Most Important Statistical Assumptions

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The Kibble Buffet Experiment

My three indoor cats are all seniors now, so I’m even more concerned that they have a healthy diet. I feed them both wet and dry food. They share most of two cans of wet food per day and have … Continue reading

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What to Look for in Data – Part 2

What to Look for in Data – Part 1 discusses how to explore data snapshots, population characteristics, and changes. Part 2 looks at how to explore patterns, trends, and anomalies. There are many different types of patterns, trends, and anomalies, … Continue reading

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN DATA – PART 1

Some activities are instinctive. A baby doesn’t need to be taught how to suckle. Most people can use an escalator, operate an elevator, and open a door instinctively. The same isn’t true of playing a guitar, driving a car, or … Continue reading

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DARE TO COMPARE – PART 4

Part 3 of Dare to Compare shows how one-population statistical tests are conducted. Part 4 extends these concepts to two-population tests. To review, this flowchart summarizes the the process of statistical testing. First, you PLAN the comparison by understanding the … Continue reading

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