Talk:Probability and statistics
Introductory comments about "Wikiversity"
Okay, I'm sure this page will qualify me as a bonafied freak, especially now that I've gone around and looked at the other "Wikiversity" pages and seen how skeletal they were. But you know what? I really hope the day comes that we turn Education into a free resources that can be given to the masses rather than savored by the privileged few. I now trying to learn Spanish and hopefully in another two years or so I can start translating materials into that language.
So I was pretty interested in "riffing" on the idea of what a real Wikiversity would entail. Right now the Wikibooks are not looking much different from the Wikipedia articles which are great for what they are but there's a huge difference between amassing a large body of information where people can find it and teaching which involves:
- patiently leading the student down a certain thought process
- creating assignments that drill, repeat, test
- finding ways of "explaining" things to a person who doesn't initially understand
These are the sorts of things a textbook (or "schoolbook") should focus on, and that'll take some planning. And for a topic as involved in Statistics, you'll have to impart a good foundation in the early materials and keep pushing forward until the advanced stuff. So I created a roadmap for what I believe would take a person of minimal age 18 (maybe as early as 16 for an intrepid prodigy) and take him or her through four years of hard work to the other side.
I know the chances of this actually taking solid root are pretty minimal, but you never know, do you?
--Murraytodd 06:09, 16 Sep 2004 (UTC)
This looks promising
Just a note of encouragement, I'm looking forward to more updates and perhaps contributing something myself.
Why is this here
There appears to be another book about statistics.
Why are there two places for statistics?
Take a look at http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Topic:Statistics
Is this section active? --Lucas Gallindo 02:10, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
PS.: Nice job. What is your background on the subject? --
Steve Harris 22:06, 26 September 2009 (UTC) This is my first time on "Wikiversity" - I hope someone can help me - I want to know how bookmakers such as William Hill, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power etc., make a "round book" in horseracing. For example today's race - the 16.15 at Ascot - 4 runners, their prices were: 8/13, 5/2, 15/2 and 18/1. I believe that by adding these 4 fractions together the total comes to 107.5% - in other words the bookmaker would make 7.50 profit for every £100 he took in bets - what I want to know is how does he adjust his "book" each time someone puts on a bet? If someone could help me I would be very grateful. Steve Harris 22:06, 26 September 2009 (UTC)