Signal and Noise: An Introduction to Statistics

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Midtown

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Midtown, Manhattan
247 West 37th St 5th Fl
Btwn 7th & 8th Avenues
New York, New York 10018
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Raphaele Chappe

What you'll learn in this lecture class:

How do numbers relate to the world? What insights can we derive from data? How do we separate signal from noise? This course is an introduction to statistical thinking and its applications to data analysis at a level accessible to a broad audience with no prior statistical background. 

We’ll learn and make intuitive the fundamental methods and concepts of data quantification: linear regression, logistic regression, probability distribution, hypothesis testing; statistical significance; and correlation vs. causation. 

We’ll examine, too, the role of data in the world—its omnipresence and utility for science, business, technology, and public policy. In what sense are we data-driven? Why do predictive models work and yet sometimes, unexpectedly, err? In what ways can statistical techniques be used, intentionally or not, to wildly mislead and convincingly support falsehoods and biases? In this course, we’ll not only learn fundamental statistical methods, but also examine the limitations of data, its predictive capacities, and its uses and abuses.

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There *is* no physical Brooklyn Institute. We hold our classes all over (thus far) Brooklyn and Manhattan, in alternative spaces ranging from the back rooms of bars to bookstores to spaces in cultural centers, including the Center for Jewish History, the Goethe-Institut, and the Barnard Center for Research on Women. We can (and do) turn any space into a classroom. You will be notified of the exact location when you register for a class. 

Instructors will contact students approximately one week prior to the first class with reading assignments and details about the course location

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Upon request, we will refund the entire cost of a class up until 1 week before its start date. Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to a 75% refund. After the first class: 50%. After the second: 25%. No refunds will be given after the third class.

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Signal and Noise: An Introduction to Statistics
Reviewed by Sergio C. on 6/27/2018
Excellent class. Excellent instructor. Raphaële breathed life into stats. Very fun class!
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Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...

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