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Survival Statistics


A free online course for anyone who is curious about the world and statistics

Royal Holloway, University of London is launching a free, three-week online course; Survival Statistics: Secrets for Demystifying Numbers - on the leading social learning platform, FutureLearn.com.


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The course is free to join and will begin on June 1 2020. Join us Survival Statistics: Secrets for Demystifying Numbers

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On this course, you will learn to understand statistical claims so you can make more rational decisions. You will also learn how to answer hard numerical questions and use approximations to calculate the risk of chance.

Led by Professor Mike Spagat, from the Department of Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London the course will provide learners with insights into absolute & relative risk and other confusion over percentages; what surveys are good for and when they go wrong; and rare events and false positives with applications to HIV testing and the detection of terrorists

“I loved running this course in the Autumn and, judging from our many vibrant discussions, so did many of the participants.  This is a non-traditional statistics course because it’s about not getting fooled by numbers rather than about mastering statistical techniques.  As such, it fills a vital need that only seems to grow in importance over time.  More importantly, this course is fun!  Give it a try: you’ll see.”

Professor Mike Spagat

This online course has been developed thanks to the support of the Bedford Society, the society for alumni and former staff of Bedford College, one of the founding colleges of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College.

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