Statistics for Analysts – the course you keep meaning to take


For all you analysts: should you want to brush up on your knowledge of statistics (or even start from scratch), here is a link to the Statistics Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie-Mellon University. It is completely on-line, self-paced, and free. I road tested most of the course about a year ago and really loved it. The professor who wrote it does a wonderful job of using real world examples. For example, he teaches box plots and distributions using temperature — he shows that the average high temperature here in Pittsburgh is the same as the average temperature in San Francisco, but oh! does the distribution vary.

I see now that you can do this course with either Excel or Minitab.

Robbin Steif

Our founder, Robbin Steif, started LunaMetrics in 2004. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Digital Analytics Association. Robbin is a winner of a BusinessWomen First award, as well as a Diamond Award for business leadership. In 2017, Robbin sold her company to HS2 Solutions and has since retired from LunaMetrics.

  • Jacques Warren

    Hi Robbin,

    This is great! I’ve meant to brush up my stats for some time and have a few books in my Amazon favorites, but this looks more fun!

  • Derek M.

    Indeed. I’m def. going to check this out!

  • PK

    Your link to the course is dead. Here’s a good one:

  • Thanks, I fixed it, in your honor, of course 😉

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