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Nuclear Security and Safeguards Education Portal: Introduction to Statistics

by Centre for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives on May 17, 2022
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Module Description: In this module we will cover some of the basic concepts in statistics applied to measurements and derived quantities.

Prerequisites: Students taking this module should have a working knowledge of basic algebra and calculus.

Learning Objectives: Students completing this module should be able to: Characterize a measured dataset using a mean and a standard deviation; Explain how probability distributions relate to measured datasets and how they can be used to estimate the likelihood that a measurement will fall within a certain interval of a mean value; Describe the difference between systematic and random uncertainties and how this relates to accuracy and precision; and Use propagation of variance to estimate the uncertainties to derived quantities.

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