Statistical imagination Chap. 1

Field of statistics: a set of procedures for gathering, measuring, classifying, coding, computing, analysing

and summarizing systematically acquired numerical information.

Statistic is based on carefully analysis of facts rather than emotional reactions to isolated

experiences.

Statistics is about having a balanced perspective and using exacting precision in the gathering and

presentation of information/ obtaining an accurate sense of proportion in regard to reality (to see

thing objectively, make fair judgment, and give the correct amount of attention to things that

really matter and not be distracted)

Sociological imagination: awareness of the relationship of the individual to the wider society and to

history/ the recognition that individual behaviour is conducted in relation to larger social structures, that

most actions by individuals involve conformity to society’s rules and not personal initiative, and that right

and wrong are defined by cultural context.

Statistical imagination: an appreciation of how usual or unusual event, circumstances or behaviour is in

relation to a larger set of similar events and an appreciation of an event’s causes and consequences.

We understand that most events are predictable/ ability to think through a problem and maintain a

sense of proportion or balance/ involves recognizing highly unusual events for what they are and

not overreacting to them.

Statistical interpretation must take into account the circumstances of a phenomenon, including the

social values of a society or some group within it.

Normative : it’s interpretation depends on the place, time and culture in which it is observed

Social norm: it’s a shared idea of the behaviour that is appropriate or inappropriate in a given

situation in given culture.

Statistical norms : an average rate of occurrence of a phenomenon. This average may differ

because statistical norms are influenced by social norms.

Statistical ideal: a socially desired rate of occurrence of a phenomenon (an optimum target rate)/

often reflect social values : shared ideas among the members of a society about the way things

ought to be.

The significance of a statistic depends on statistical norm (average), statistical ideals (optimum

target rates) and practical circumstances.

Data: systematically acquired information that is organized by following the procedures of science and

statistics

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Field of statistics: a set of procedures for gathering, measuring, classifying, coding, computing, analysing and summarizing systematically acquired numerical information. Statistic is based on carefully analysis of facts rather than emotional reactions to isolated experiences. Statistical imagination: an appreciation of how usual or unusual event, circumstances or behaviour is in relation to a larger set of similar events and an appreciation of an event"s causes and consequences. we understand that most events are predictable/ ability to think through a problem and maintain a sense of proportion or balance/ involves recognizing highly unusual events for what they are and not overreacting to them. Statistical interpretation must take into account the circumstances of a phenomenon, including the social values of a society or some group within it. : it"s interpretation depends on the place, time and culture in which it is observed.

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