"Mathematics is the Queen of Science, and Arithmetic the Queen of Mathematics" -- (Carl Friedrich Gauss, 1777-1855)

Aristotle (c. 350 B.C.): A student of Plato, Aristotle was more of a physicist than a mathematician, but he promoted deductive logic in his writing on physical subjects.

Herkimer's Corner

What does Herkimer call a lawyer who is hired by a person who smashed his car into the back of another car?

Answer: A fender bender rear-ender defender.

Herky's friends:
WALTER WALL...a carpet installer.
HARRY FITABALDI ... president of a wig-making company.


Assignment 4

Reading: Pages 43-46, Summary (pages 47-48)

Do exercises 1.35, 1.36, 1.37.

Items for reflection:

You are in SECTION 1.2.

Key words and phrases:

standard deviation


degrees of freedom

Shape of data is important: ALWAYS PLOT YOUR DATA.

For distributions that are roughly symmetric:Mean and standard deviation are useful indices.
For distributions that are skewed, mean and standard deviationare less useful. The five-number summary presents a better overallpicture.




The Practice of Statistics, by Yates, Moore, McCabe. New York,W.H. Freeman and Company, 1999. (ISBN 0-7167-3370-6)

Supplemental books:
The Cartoon Guide to Statistics, by Gonick and Smith. NewYork, HarperCollins Publishers, 1993. (ISBN 0-06-273102-5)
How to Lie with Statistics, by Darrell Huff. New York, W.W.Norton & Company, 1982 (ISBN 0-393-09426-X)


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