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Tired of being misled? Learn how to critically examine numerical information.

Rule number one of Statistics: correlation does not imply causation.

The 21st Century is an information rich age. Computers allow us to collect and store vast amounts of information and we need to understand statistical methods in order to make sense of this raw information and turn it into knowledge. Therefore, statistics can be thought of as an information science. Studying statistics at university involves learning how to collect and interpret data to provide answers to our questions. Many degrees such as psychology, which has a large research element, require a compulsory statistics paper in order for students to be proficient in interpreting experiments.

It is a mistake to believe that just because you aren’t proficient in all forms of maths, that you will not be able to do statistics. Statistics requires a different set of skills and analysis including, computing, problem formulation and assessment of statistical evidence.

Statistics can be studied as a Major under a Bachelor of Science, or taken as a paper under various other degrees such as a Bachelor of Commerce or Arts.