An Introduction to Data Analysis for High School: Answering real-life questions by analyzing raw data

presented by Brie Finegold
September 22, 2014

We will explore some basic ideas in data analysis such as viewing data via histograms, fitting data to a normal distribution, and posing of specific questions that might be answered using probability and statistics. For instance, one might ask "How much food is available per day, on average, to a person in the US?". To really answer questions like these requires us to define what is meant by "on average", to decide how we will measure "food", and to decide what "a person" means in the context of this question. How would you go about answering this question? Answering our own questions using data involves both an understanding of mathematical ideas and a strong consideration for definitions and language so that our results may be communicated accurately and efficiently.