Mathematicians have a certain reputation. No, not that kind of reputation. Think Revenge of the Nerds, complete with suspenders and pocket protectors. Yet statisticians are responsible for tracking professional baseball players’ on-base percentages, analyzing the nets and grosses from feature films, and measuring the marketability of video games from region to region. Those are all pretty cool jobs, so maybe not all mathematicians are quite as geeky as we might suspect.
…Nah, nice try. We’re pretty much all nerds. But at least we revel in our nerdiness.
To help bring out the nerd in you, Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, introduces a brand new AP Statistics guide, which is guaranteed to fill your brain to the brim with all sorts of statistical data and know-how. Without Shmoop’s help, you would only have a 64.872 percent chance of passing your AP Statistics final. Approximately, that is.
Shmoop can teach you:
- Why statistics are like bikinis. Yes, statisticians are generally concerned with bigger numbers, but we think they might be interested in a two-piece or two.
- How a limitless supply of Skittles can help you taste the rainbow—er, spot patterns. Like why your eyeballs keep twitching on the mornings you eat a healthy breakfast of Skittles and Pepsi.
- Why you can’t conduct experiments on your younger siblings without knowing the appropriate confidence interval. On the other hand, you can be 100% confident that you'll be grounded for at least a week if you do turn them into guinea pigs.
- How Facebook knows about your burning love for Bruce Springsteen. Not that the body paint and foam finger gave anything away, of course.
- What statistical bias, mushrooms, and chaperones have in common. Aside from the fact that we don’t want any of them on our pizza.
Let Shmoop’s AP Stats guide turn you into a complete datahead. Check it out, stat.