MAT232DiscussionsWeek 5 – Discussion Forum

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Scatterplots and Regression Models [WLOs: 2, 3, 4] [CLO: 5]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, view the Statistics Is About People, Even if You Can’t See the Tears video by clicking the image below.

The video makes the point that though nobody wants to think that they are a statistic, acting as if you are a statistic can help you make better decisions. That said, statisticians should never forget that the numbers they analyze correspond to real people, who have friends, relatives, and stories to tell.
Respond to one of the following options in your initial post, citing at least one specific credible source in support. Question on credible sources? See the Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.).
Option 1: The experience of taking this course may have impacted your way of looking at statistics and charts you encounter in your professional and personal life.

Assess where you were in the beginning of the course in terms of your knowledge and skill set and whether your critical thinking skills have increased during this class and provide an example to support your response.

Be sure to mention how you might use the skills not only in your future college classes but also in your chosen profession.
From this example, pull out specific skills you have acquired that could be listed on a resume or included in a LinkedIn profile.

Option 2: The reason so many of us now live long and healthy lives is due to statistical analyses of health data.

Provide a specific example in which statistical analyses have had a significant impact on how we live our lives.
Briefly elaborate on its impact.

Option 3: Respond to the following questions.

Why do you think statistics often has a bad name?
Why do you think people often feel that “the statistics do not apply to me”?
Has your increased knowledge of statistics changed your attitude or behavior?
Briefly discuss your changed attitude or behavior the context of a specific example.

Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length.