0 Foreward

Follow your passion through statistics while learning the R language.

Video: 00. Passion-Driven Statistics in 2 minutes

Statistical analysis is arguably the most salient point of intersection among diverse disciplines, yet developing analytic skills is often viewed as an obstacle rather than an opportunity to pursue your own interests and to answer questions that you feel passionately about.

This is why we created Passion-Driven Statistics. It is statistics in the service of your own research — in the service of your passion. It is a multidisciplinary, project-based curriculum that supports students in conducting original research, asking original questions, and communicating methods and results using the language of statistics. The curriculum supports students to work with existing data covering health, geography and earth science, government, business, education, genetics, and more. From existing data, you’ll be able to pose questions of interest to you and then use statistical software (e.g., R) to turn raw data into useful information.

We believe that students from diverse educational, social and economic backgrounds deserve not only a seat in a classroom, but also a welcoming place at the table. Our goal is to increase the number and diversity of students exposed to meaningful and empowering data analysis experiences and to inspire the pursuit of advanced data-driven experiences and opportunities for everyone!

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This document is maintained by Erik B. Erhardt for use in a special version of UNM Stat 145: Statistics for Research (S4R).

Last updated: February 20, 2019