Talk:Probability and statistics

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Introductory comments about "Wikiversity"[edit source]

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[edit source]

Just a note of encouragement, I'm looking forward to more updates and perhaps contributing something myself.

Why is this here[edit source]

There appears to be another book about statistics.

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Statistics

Why are there two places for statistics?

Any of you know anything about this related section[edit source]

Take a look at http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Topic:Statistics

Is this section active? --Lucas Gallindo 02:10, 11 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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)Reply[reply]