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  • Chapter 1: Introduction to data

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition

  • Case study

    1 Case study

    2 Data basics

    3 Overview of data collection principles

    4 Observational studies and sampling strategies

    5 Experiments

    6 Examining numerical data

    7 Considering categorical data

    8 Case study: Gender discrimination

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition

    Chp 1: Intro. to data

  • Case study

    Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Objective: Evaluate the effectiveness of cognitive-behaviortherapy for chronic fatigue syndrome.

    Participant pool: 142 patients who were recruited from referralsby primary care physicians and consultants to a hospital clinicspecializing in chronic fatigue syndrome.

    Actual participants: Only 60 of the 142 referred patients enteredthe study. Some were excluded because they didnt meet thediagnostic criteria, some had other health issues, and somerefused to be a part of the study.

    Deale et. al. Cognitive behavior therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. The American Journal of

    Psychiatry 154.3 (1997).

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 2 / 94

  • Case study

    Study design

    Patients randomly assigned to treatment and control groups, 30patients in each group:

    Treatment: Cognitive behavior therapy collaborative, educative,and with a behavioral emphasis. Patients were shown on howactivity could be increased steadily and safely withoutexacerbating symptoms.Control: Relaxation No advice was given about how activitycould be increased. Instead progressive muscle relaxation,visualization, and rapid relaxation skills were taught.

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 3 / 94

  • Case study

    Results

    The table below shows the distribution of patients with goodoutcomes at 6-month follow-up. Note that 7 patients dropped out ofthe study: 3 from the treatment and 4 from the control group.

    Good outcomeYes No Total

    Treatment 19 8 27GroupControl 5 21 26Total 24 29 53

    Proportion with good outcomes in treatment group:

    19/27 0.70 70%Proportion with good outcomes in control group:

    5/26 0.19 19%

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 4 / 94

  • Case study

    Results

    The table below shows the distribution of patients with goodoutcomes at 6-month follow-up. Note that 7 patients dropped out ofthe study: 3 from the treatment and 4 from the control group.

    Good outcomeYes No Total

    Treatment 19 8 27GroupControl 5 21 26Total 24 29 53

    Proportion with good outcomes in treatment group:

    19/27 0.70 70%

    Proportion with good outcomes in control group:

    5/26 0.19 19%

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 4 / 94

  • Case study

    Results

    The table below shows the distribution of patients with goodoutcomes at 6-month follow-up. Note that 7 patients dropped out ofthe study: 3 from the treatment and 4 from the control group.

    Good outcomeYes No Total

    Treatment 19 8 27GroupControl 5 21 26Total 24 29 53

    Proportion with good outcomes in treatment group:

    19/27 0.70 70%Proportion with good outcomes in control group:

    5/26 0.19 19%OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 4 / 94

  • Case study

    Understanding the results

    Do the data show a real difference between the groups?

    Suppose you flip a coin 100 times. While the chance a coin landsheads in any given coin flip is 50%, we probably wont observeexactly 50 heads. This type of fluctuation is part of almost anytype of data generating process.

    The observed difference between the two groups (70 - 19 =51%) may be real, or may be due to natural variation.

    Since the difference is quite large, it is more believable that thedifference is real.

    We need statistical tools to determine if the difference is so largethat we should reject the notion that it was due to chance.

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 5 / 94

  • Case study

    Understanding the results

    Do the data show a real difference between the groups?

    Suppose you flip a coin 100 times. While the chance a coin landsheads in any given coin flip is 50%, we probably wont observeexactly 50 heads. This type of fluctuation is part of almost anytype of data generating process.

    The observed difference between the two groups (70 - 19 =51%) may be real, or may be due to natural variation.

    Since the difference is quite large, it is more believable that thedifference is real.

    We need statistical tools to determine if the difference is so largethat we should reject the notion that it was due to chance.

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 5 / 94

  • Case study

    Generalizing the results

    Are the results of this study generalizable to all patients with chronicfatigue syndrome?

    These patients had specific characteristics and volunteered to be apart of this study, therefore they may not be representative of allpatients with chronic fatigue syndrome. While we cannot immediatelygeneralize the results to all patients, this first study is encouraging.The method works for patients with some narrow set ofcharacteristics, and that gives hope that it will work, at least to somedegree, with other patients.

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 6 / 94

  • Case study

    Generalizing the results

    Are the results of this study generalizable to all patients with chronicfatigue syndrome?

    These patients had specific characteristics and volunteered to be apart of this study, therefore they may not be representative of allpatients with chronic fatigue syndrome. While we cannot immediatelygeneralize the results to all patients, this first study is encouraging.The method works for patients with some narrow set ofcharacteristics, and that gives hope that it will work, at least to somedegree, with other patients.

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 6 / 94

  • Data basics

    1 Case study

    2 Data basicsObservations and variablesTypes of variablesRelationships among variablesAssociated and independent variables

    3 Overview of data collection principles

    4 Observational studies and sampling strategies

    5 Experiments

    6 Examining numerical data

    7 Considering categorical data

    8 Case study: Gender discrimination

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition

    Chp 1: Intro. to data

  • Data basics Observations and variables

    Data matrix

    Data collected on students in a statistics class on a variety ofvariables:

    variable

    Stu. gender intro extra dread1 male extravert 32 female extravert 23 female introvert 4 4 female extravert 2 observation...

    ......

    ......

    86 male extravert 3

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 7 / 94

  • Data basics Types of variables

    Types of variables

    all variables

    numerical categorical

    continuous discrete regularcategorical ordinal

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 8 / 94

  • Data basics Types of variables

    Types of variables (cont.)

    gender sleep bedtime countries dread

    1 male 5 12-2 13 32 female 7 10-12 7 23 female 5.5 12-2 1 44 female 7 12-2 25 female 3 12-2 1 36 female 3 12-2 9 4

    gender:

    sleep:

    bedtime:

    countries:

    dread:

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 9 / 94

  • Data basics Types of variables

    Types of variables (cont.)

    gender sleep bedtime countries dread

    1 male 5 12-2 13 32 female 7 10-12 7 23 female 5.5 12-2 1 44 female 7 12-2 25 female 3 12-2 1 36 female 3 12-2 9 4

    gender: categorical

    sleep:

    bedtime:

    countries:

    dread:

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 9 / 94

  • Data basics Types of variables

    Types of variables (cont.)

    gender sleep bedtime countries dread

    1 male 5 12-2 13 32 female 7 10-12 7 23 female 5.5 12-2 1 44 female 7 12-2 25 female 3 12-2 1 36 female 3 12-2 9 4

    gender: categorical

    sleep:

    bedtime:

    countries:

    dread:

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 9 / 94

  • Data basics Types of variables

    Types of variables (cont.)

    gender sleep bedtime countries dread

    1 male 5 12-2 13 32 female 7 10-12 7 23 female 5.5 12-2 1 44 female 7 12-2 25 female 3 12-2 1 36 female 3 12-2 9 4

    gender: categorical

    sleep: numerical, continuous

    bedtime:

    countries:

    dread:

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 9 / 94

  • Data basics Types of variables

    Types of variables (cont.)

    gender sleep bedtime countries dread

    1 male 5 12-2 13 32 female 7 10-12 7 23 female 5.5 12-2 1 44 female 7 12-2 25 female 3 12-2 1 36 female 3 12-2 9 4

    gender: categorical

    sleep: numerical, continuous

    bedtime:

    countries:

    dread:

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 9 / 94

  • Data basics Types of variables

    Types of variables (cont.)

    gender sleep bedtime countries dread

    1 male 5 12-2 13 32 female 7 10-12 7 23 female 5.5 12-2 1 44 female 7 12-2 25 female 3 12-2 1 36 female 3 12-2 9 4

    gender: categorical

    sleep: numerical, continuous

    bedtime: categorical, ordinal

    countries:

    dread:

    OpenIntro Statistics, 2nd Edition Chp 1: Intro. to data 9 / 94

  • Data basics Types of variables

    Types of variables (cont.)

    gender sleep bedtime countries drea