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Statistics One is a comprehensive yet friendly introduction to statistics.
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4/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
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7 years, 1 month ago
Might possibly be worth doing in another presentation, if they fixed the problems, but the first was disappointing. It was marred by very poor organisation and attention to detail. For example: in several different pieces of work, the automatic grading system marked correct answers wrong. In one case this was eventually corrected but the correction introduced a new error! The course team did not make effective use of the Announcements page or the official course forums so students were left in the dark about what was going on. I gave up doing the assignments. The lectures were OK, but not great, in my opinion. Overall problem seemed to be confusion about who the course is for. It's advertised as being for complete beginners, and the lectures do start very slow (but never actually explain what kurtosis is...), but at the end the pace is hugely faster and material is included that seems too advanced for a short intro stats course and w... Might possibly be worth doing in another presentation, if they fixed the problems, but the first was disappointing. It was marred by very poor organisation and attention to detail. For example: in several different pieces of work, the automatic grading system marked correct answers wrong. In one case this was eventually corrected but the correction introduced a new error! The course team did not make effective use of the Announcements page or the official course forums so students were left in the dark about what was going on. I gave up doing the assignments. The lectures were OK, but not great, in my opinion. Overall problem seemed to be confusion about who the course is for. It's advertised as being for complete beginners, and the lectures do start very slow (but never actually explain what kurtosis is...), but at the end the pace is hugely faster and material is included that seems too advanced for a short intro stats course and wasn't really grounded properly. In practice, a high proportion of students on the course (who were still there a few weeks in) seemed to have taken stats courses before, or even taught them.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 10 months ago
I needed to learn basic stats, and R. I love how this course is just that. I went away from this course being able to process the results of my study in R. I really liked the video tutorials because Conway went through the output and explained each step. This gave me intuition to be able to understand the output when I ran my stats. I wish there were more stats courses offered by this university and teacher.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this class. I think the professor does a great job of presenting the material. I took this class in its first iteration and the only negative thing I have to say is about the student community. At that time, the forums were overshadowed by people who seemed to have some kind of personal vendetta against professor Conway. It was really sad to see. There is a programming tool called 'R' that you will need to learn. It is very easy to learn. It is used by statisticians all over the world. I think too many people didn't have an understanding of the mathematics and other skills needed for a statistics class. (even an introductory one) Having said that, I think this was a great introduction to statistics. I like the real world examples he used. I would recommend this to everyone.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 8 months ago
Overall I thought it was very good. I took statistics many years ago so this was a good way to refresh my knowledge on the subject. My only "complaint" is that some of the lab exercises felt a little disconnected from the lectures, where we had to take extra steps that were not mentioned in the videos in order to solve the problems. Anyway, I really did like it and would take further courses on the subject if they were offered by Prof. Conway.
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4/10 starsTaking Now
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6 years, 1 month ago
This is my 10th or so course and my 4th statistics course on Coursera after "Computing for Data Analysis", "Data Analysis", "Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1" I got the maximum score for all assignments and 24 out of 25 at the midterm. However this is the worst class I took on Coursera and here's why: The material is dense but fails to properly cover the basics and merely glancing through them. The homeworks are very easy and don't require a proper understanding of the material. Out of 10 questions sometimes you can do them all mechanically without having to understand much. Also it's not uncommon to have 3 different, yet semantically identical questions such as 1\. what is the covariance between x and y 2\. what is the covariance between x and z 3\. what is the covariance between y and z However even though the homework takes about 10-30 minutes to complete (sometimes less than 10). It may take another 30 minutes to figure out... This is my 10th or so course and my 4th statistics course on Coursera after "Computing for Data Analysis", "Data Analysis", "Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1" I got the maximum score for all assignments and 24 out of 25 at the midterm. However this is the worst class I took on Coursera and here's why: The material is dense but fails to properly cover the basics and merely glancing through them. The homeworks are very easy and don't require a proper understanding of the material. Out of 10 questions sometimes you can do them all mechanically without having to understand much. Also it's not uncommon to have 3 different, yet semantically identical questions such as 1\. what is the covariance between x and y 2\. what is the covariance between x and z 3\. what is the covariance between y and z However even though the homework takes about 10-30 minutes to complete (sometimes less than 10). It may take another 30 minutes to figure out what the format is for some of the answers. It can be so frustrating it feels like a bad joke. Sometimes you have to write integer values, sometimes 2 decimals rounded values, but it won't accept them unless you type them in a particular format (which is not explained). For example in the same assignment an answer needs to be formatted as "0.19" and anther answer needs to be ".19", just because. Also these rules seem to be changing between assignments. The forums have more questions/comments about answer format than for the actual assignment. Here's an example "I feel like every time there was a confidence interval question, there was a different format. I got 8 points from 2 attempts and then lost another 5 trying to guess the format until I came here. Was it so difficult to let us use any format we want and then check that our result is within a certain error range? Coursera does stuff much more complex than this at other courses. I am disappointed." "Quiz 7 Q4 & 5, Q6 & Q7 format" had 68 questions/comments when I wrote this (https://class.coursera.org/stats1-002/forum/thread?thread_id=2180) and there were other parallel threads.
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4/10 starsDropped
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6 years ago
I was very excited about the course when I first saw the syllabus. The reason was the coverage of the topics. It starts from very basics and attempts to teach advanced topics through the course. However, as the course proceeds, I realized that the attempt of covering large number of topics is actually a bad idea. Since the course attempts to cover too many topics in 3 months, the lectures were not in depth at all. It is a statistics course, with just a few slides with formulas. Some people may think that it is something good, but I think otherwise. Dr. Conway tries to explain ideas too "intuitively". The statistical methods were not explained in depth at all. The slides are not useful, especially for self-study. Unfortunately, the labs was not good either. I see the difficulty of teaching statistics and programming language for practice at the same time. Since the concepts were not covered enough in the lectures, most weeks, using R ... I was very excited about the course when I first saw the syllabus. The reason was the coverage of the topics. It starts from very basics and attempts to teach advanced topics through the course. However, as the course proceeds, I realized that the attempt of covering large number of topics is actually a bad idea. Since the course attempts to cover too many topics in 3 months, the lectures were not in depth at all. It is a statistics course, with just a few slides with formulas. Some people may think that it is something good, but I think otherwise. Dr. Conway tries to explain ideas too "intuitively". The statistical methods were not explained in depth at all. The slides are not useful, especially for self-study. Unfortunately, the labs was not good either. I see the difficulty of teaching statistics and programming language for practice at the same time. Since the concepts were not covered enough in the lectures, most weeks, using R to practice concepts discussed in the lecture was like black magic. Just call the function that is asked, find the number in the output and that's it. Towards the end of the course, it became obvious to me. Finally, I realized that I don't learn anything anymore and decided to drop the course.
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2/10 starsDropped
  • 33 reviews
  • 27 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
Since i do have some familiarity with Statistics, the syllabus looked good. But the student has to learn the "R" programming system at the same time as he/she is absorbing the concepts and doing the calculations. Course would be better if a week or two were devoted to learning the R programming system, but the course is already rather lengthy as it is. Definitely NOT "friendly".
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8/10 starsTaking Now
  • 3 reviews
  • 1 completed
6 years ago
I am really enjoying this class, and would recommend it to anyone looking to learn statistics. I am concurrently enrolled in Calculus, and I find comparisons of these two classes interesting. I find the professor very engaged and working very hard to provide excellent teaching. The material is well thought out and clearly presented. It looks to me like there are challenges for a statistics teacher that are different from those faced by a calculus teacher. The repetition of calculating calculus problems provides a sense of "learning the material" for me that I don't feel as strongly in this course. The weekly labs in R are great; I just think it is harder to master the material when you are "evaluating output." There are two minor issues I have with the class, and they are really just personal preference. First, the professor stays away from greek symbols opting instead for abbreviations such as SD for standard deviation. The second i... I am really enjoying this class, and would recommend it to anyone looking to learn statistics. I am concurrently enrolled in Calculus, and I find comparisons of these two classes interesting. I find the professor very engaged and working very hard to provide excellent teaching. The material is well thought out and clearly presented. It looks to me like there are challenges for a statistics teacher that are different from those faced by a calculus teacher. The repetition of calculating calculus problems provides a sense of "learning the material" for me that I don't feel as strongly in this course. The weekly labs in R are great; I just think it is harder to master the material when you are "evaluating output." There are two minor issues I have with the class, and they are really just personal preference. First, the professor stays away from greek symbols opting instead for abbreviations such as SD for standard deviation. The second issue is that all of the data appears to be made up. With all the open data, it would be more engaging for me to work with real datasets. I love the class tho and recommend it highly - particularly for someone looking for a review of statistics or a second look at the material with an R perspective.
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Michal profile image
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4/10 starsCompleted
  • 6 reviews
  • 5 completed
6 years, 11 months ago
Presentation and organization of the lectures was fine. Sometimes it lacked some precise definitions, but the key topics were well explained. Working in R was almost not explained at all, only examples of how to solve some very specific tasks. Anything else was left to the student to find out. That's OK for me as a programmer, it's what I do every day, but for other people it may be more annoying. What was really disappointing was the interactive parts of the course. Quizzes where you wouldn't see if you answered correctly or what was wrong with your answer. Sometimes even the marking was plain wrong. How does that help learning? (I believe that should be the main benefit of quizzes, not the grades) None of the staff were active in the discussion forum, only later I found that there was some facebook group (created by students) where staff replied from time to time. What's the point of having a discussion forum, then? In the end, I'v... Presentation and organization of the lectures was fine. Sometimes it lacked some precise definitions, but the key topics were well explained. Working in R was almost not explained at all, only examples of how to solve some very specific tasks. Anything else was left to the student to find out. That's OK for me as a programmer, it's what I do every day, but for other people it may be more annoying. What was really disappointing was the interactive parts of the course. Quizzes where you wouldn't see if you answered correctly or what was wrong with your answer. Sometimes even the marking was plain wrong. How does that help learning? (I believe that should be the main benefit of quizzes, not the grades) None of the staff were active in the discussion forum, only later I found that there was some facebook group (created by students) where staff replied from time to time. What's the point of having a discussion forum, then? In the end, I've dropped the course after some six weeks because I simply had better things to do.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 10 months ago
Great course! Although it may not be actually for someone without any background in statistics or programming, it was very enjoyable for me with a very basic background in statistics (i had taken a couple of courses in my BS) and some programming during highschool using visual basic and delphi, neither of them are like R o Pyhton but taught me the rigorousness of syntax and semantics in programming. Strictly talking from the course at the end it was too much info but still was manageable. Maybe it was a bit tedious to know all the background from the examples used for statistical analysis (like the history of a basketball player or salaries in certain departments of the university) but in the end of the analysis that background made more clear and important the numbers that such analysis gave pointing out to much real conclusions and making better examples. In my belief the course would be better if it had more time (either from the ... Great course! Although it may not be actually for someone without any background in statistics or programming, it was very enjoyable for me with a very basic background in statistics (i had taken a couple of courses in my BS) and some programming during highschool using visual basic and delphi, neither of them are like R o Pyhton but taught me the rigorousness of syntax and semantics in programming. Strictly talking from the course at the end it was too much info but still was manageable. Maybe it was a bit tedious to know all the background from the examples used for statistical analysis (like the history of a basketball player or salaries in certain departments of the university) but in the end of the analysis that background made more clear and important the numbers that such analysis gave pointing out to much real conclusions and making better examples. In my belief the course would be better if it had more time (either from the course as from the students) to explain the topics with more fundamental principles and more examples (being this the reason why I don't rate it with 5 stars). Finally I strongly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn statistics and has at least barely knowledge of the theme and patience to learn R.
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 8 reviews
  • 7 completed
6 years, 10 months ago
I had to drop out, partly because I joined the course in the middle and already missed deadline. I was also taking 3 other courses, so had to drop this one out. Having said that, the instructor is passionate about the subject, and I was able to digest the content until the half way through. I would take it again when I find more time (though new courses are keep popping out, so probably never have enough time ....
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9/10 starsCompleted
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7 years, 1 month ago
I actually don't agree that this class was "designed to be a friendly introduction to fundamental concepts in statistics". The lecture on descriptive statistics even states that it should be review. That doesn't mean it was a bad course. I should probably mention that it covered mostly inferential statistics and barely mentioned probability at all. Learning R was very cool. I put a lot of time into it and got a lot out of it although the mixed factorial anovas at the end almost killed me. Good class. Highly recommended!
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7/10 starsCompleted
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  • 2 completed
7 years, 1 month ago
I learned a lot, some of the things were clarified, but many still confusing. And it was a little slower. Also that R... I did all my assignments in Excel. But still, it's a nice one.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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  • 16 completed
7 years, 1 month ago
Excellent content and outstanding teacher. However, what misses (in my view) to be perfect is the style - a bit too oriented towards the classic teaching (relatively long chunks of lessons, a bit too much emphasis on the formal testing on the concepts instead of the practical aspects of the craft, etc.).
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 2 completed
7 years, 1 month ago
It was an wonderful experience with Statistics one. This course helped to learn some basics of R, interpretation using R. I will be eagerly waiting for Statistics Two.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 3 completed
7 years, 1 month ago
Very good course to learn important statistical concepts. You'll learn how to interpret results in R. Good teacher.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 25 completed
7 years, 1 month ago
I studied Stats way back when and never fully grasped it. This well thought out and brilliantly executed course changed all that. First rate!
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6/10 starsCompleted
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7 years, 1 month ago
The first part of the course was great. At the end the pace was too fast. Has potential to be a great course in statistics.
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