24 episodes

This course introduces the statistical methods used to analyze data about society with an emphasis on the application of those methods. This course will help you to be a more informed and critical reader of academic research, public opinion polling, and advertisement claims that present statistical evidence.

Textbook: ⁠Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data⁠ (https://bit.ly/statsbooklock5)

Students can use the Promotion Code "LOCK5" for a 10% discount

Instructors can request a free Digital Evaluation Copy

Lecture slides and course material can be obtained by emailing bradrfulton@gmail.com Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/statistics/support

Statistics Made Simple Brad R. Fulton, PhD

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 210 Ratings

This course introduces the statistical methods used to analyze data about society with an emphasis on the application of those methods. This course will help you to be a more informed and critical reader of academic research, public opinion polling, and advertisement claims that present statistical evidence.

Textbook: ⁠Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data⁠ (https://bit.ly/statsbooklock5)

Students can use the Promotion Code "LOCK5" for a 10% discount

Instructors can request a free Digital Evaluation Copy

Lecture slides and course material can be obtained by emailing bradrfulton@gmail.com Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/statistics/support

    1_Overview

    1_Overview

    This episode provides a comprehensive introduction to statistical concepts and how they relate to social science research. Professor Fulton discusses the course objectives which include teaching listeners to gather, describe, analyze, and interpret data. The episode highlights the selection of an intuitive textbook designed to make the learning process as straightforward as possible, details the overall course structure, and explores the practical applications of statistics in real-life scenarios such as public policy and medical diagnoses.

    Throughout the podcast, Professor Fulton emphasizes the importance of being able to critically evaluate statistical claims and conduct rigorous quantitative research. He provides examples ranging from medical tests on newborns to analyzing data on autism rates by demographics. This episode is packed with insights on how statistical skills can directly impact decision-making and societal understanding.

    This podcast episode offers a valuable learning experience for students, professionals, or anyone curious about applying statistics to understand complex social phenomena.

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    Textbook: Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data

    Students can use the Promotion Code "LOCK5" for a 10% discount.

    Instructors can request a free Digital Evaluation Copy.

    Lecture slides and additional course material can be
    obtained by emailing bradrfulton@gmail.com


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    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/statistics/support

    • 37 min
    2_Sampling

    2_Sampling

    In this episode of "Sampling," the complexities of sampling in research are explored, drawing an intriguing parallel to casual weekend trips to Costco for free samples. This analogy sets the stage for a deeper discussion on the statistical methods and challenges involved in sampling populations for research purposes. The intricacies of statistical inference are unpacked, highlighting the crucial differences between a sample and a population, and emphasizing the importance of accurate sampling to derive meaningful conclusions about larger groups.

    Listeners will find an engaging segment on the implications of the Racial Justice Act and how statistical evidence is increasingly used in legal contexts to demonstrate discrimination. The conversation extends to a real-world application by recounting the 2000 U.S.
    presidential election, highlighting how sampling errors can lead to major national confusion

    Throughout the episode, intuitive examples are used to explain why sampling is not just a matter of picking randomly but requires careful consideration to avoid bias and ensure representativeness.

    This richly layered discussion not only sheds light on the technical aspects of sampling but also emphasizes its significance in everyday decision-making processes, from law to grocery shopping.



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    Textbook: ⁠Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data⁠

    Students can use the Promotion Code "LOCK5" for a 10% discount.

    Instructors can request a free Digital Evaluation Copy.

    Lecture slides and additional course material can be
    obtained by emailing bradrfulton@gmail.com


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    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/statistics/support

    • 51 min
    3_Experiments and Observations

    3_Experiments and Observations

    Dive into the intriguing world of social statistics with our latest podcast episode, "Experiments and Observations," where we unravel how variables from the General Social Survey (GSS) can shape our understanding of societal behaviors and beliefs. Join our hosts as they explore fascinating variables such as LAW1, which probes experiences with robbery, and delve into public opinions on complex issues like abortion. Discover how an overwhelming 87% of respondents believe in the right to abortion if pregnancy poses health risks, reflecting nuanced societal views that contrast with the polarized public discourse. This episode is not just about data; it’s a gateway to understanding how these numbers relate to broader social theories and everyday realities. Whether you're a data enthusiast, a student of sociology, or just curious about how statistical data influences our perception of legal and ethical issues, this episode will equip you with insights into the art of statistical associations and the power of informed observation.



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    Textbook: Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data

    Students can use the Promotion Code "LOCK5" for a 10% discount.

    Instructors can request a free Digital Evaluation Copy.

    Lecture slides and additional course material can be obtained by emailing bradrfulton@gmail.com.


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    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/statistics/support

    • 55 min
    4_Variables

    4_Variables

    In this episode of the podcast titled "Variables," we delve into the intriguing world of statistics and sociology, exploring how different variables can profoundly influence our understanding of societal trends and behaviors. The discussion kicks off by examining the relationship between air pollution and the proportion of paved versus grassy ground in urban areas. A lively debate unfolds as participants identify potential confounding variables, like the presence of industrial areas or the volume of traffic, which could skew perceptions of the data's implications.

    The conversation then transitions to a broader discussion on the importance of considering various variables when interpreting sociological data. Real-life examples are brought into the mix, such as attitudes towards controversial issues like suicide and abortion, highlighting how personal experiences and demographic factors can influence responses. Listeners will gain insights into how sociologists and statisticians approach data analysis, emphasizing the need to identify and account for additional variables that could impact associations observed in initial data sets. This episode not only sheds light on the complexities of data interpretation but also encourages listeners to think critically about the factors that shape our understanding of the world around us.

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    Textbook: ⁠Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data⁠

    Students can use the Promotion Code "LOCK5" for a 10% discount.

    Instructors can request a free Digital Evaluation Copy.

    Lecture slides and additional course material can be
    obtained by emailing bradrfulton@gmail.com


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    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/statistics/support

    • 50 min
    5_Distributions and Relationships

    5_Distributions and Relationships

    In this insightful episode of "Distributions and Relationships," listeners are guided through essential statistical concepts crucial for academic assessments and research. The discussion emphasizes the importance of precisely addressing questions as posed in assignments and exams, stressing that exceeding or misinterpreting questions can detract from performance due to the finite scoring structure. A highlight of the episode is the practical exploration of confounding variables in research studies, using caffeine consumption and exam performance to illustrate the difference between observational studies and experimental designs.

    Listeners are taught the importance of eliminating confounding variables to make valid causal claims in experiments. The episode also delves into the process of identifying and utilizing variables effectively in research, particularly using the General Social Survey (GSS) as a tool for understanding correlations and distributions among different demographic questions. The dialogue is enriched with student interactions, providing a dynamic learning experience that clarifies complex statistical concepts through relatable examples and questions from real coursework scenarios.

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    Textbook: ⁠Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data⁠

    Students can use the Promotion Code "LOCK5" for a 10% discount.

    Instructors can request a free Digital Evaluation Copy.

    Lecture slides and additional course material can be
    obtained by emailing bradrfulton@gmail.com


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    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/statistics/support

    • 43 min
    6_Confidence Intervals (Part 1 of 2)

    6_Confidence Intervals (Part 1 of 2)

    Join us for the opening episode of our two-part series on "Confidence Intervals" in this enlightening podcast episode. We explore the fundamental concepts of statistical inference, using real-life examples like the correlation between smoking and health to illustrate negative correlations in data analysis. This episode provides a thorough explanation of how variables interact and the importance of this understanding for research projects.

    Listeners will delve into the basics of constructing confidence intervals from sample data to estimate population parameters accurately. The discussion simplifies complex topics such as sampling distributions and the role of standard deviation in calculating the margin of error, making these principles accessible to both students and professionals.

    Whether you're preparing for a project or simply eager to enhance your analytical skills, this episode equips you with the essential tools to understand and apply key statistical concepts. Stay tuned for the concluding episode of this series, where we will continue to unravel the intricacies of statistical analysis in research settings.

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    Textbook: ⁠⁠Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data⁠⁠

    Students can use the Promotion Code "LOCK5" for a 10% discount.

    Instructors can request a free Digital Evaluation Copy.

    Lecture slides and additional course material can be
    obtained by emailing bradrfulton@gmail.com


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    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/statistics/support

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
210 Ratings

210 Ratings

Sushkeerthy ,

To go place for stats

I come back to this podcast every time I want a refresher on important topics. The examples Prof. Brad uses are intuitive and gives a practical perspective to every statistical concept. Top tier content!

Manideep Reonva ,

Great Podcast! Highly recommended

Thank you, Professor, for the amazing and in-depth content on Statistics. I love your adaptable teaching style, using relatable examples from everyday life to simplify complex statistical theories, which keeps me engaged with the content. As someone familiar with statistics, I found the podcast both fascinating and helpful, offering a fresh perspective from a social sciences and analysis viewpoint. The course is presented clearly and comprehensively, thoroughly covering all the essential topics from basic to fundamental concepts. What makes this podcast stand out is its commitment to staying current with industry trends, regularly featuring case studies and practical applications that highlight the real-world impact of statistical analysis. Professor, I also believe that these fundamental topics could be even easier to learn through videos, presentations, and graphs for beginners. The textbook you recommended is helpful and covers major aspects. I've learned a lot from the book, and now with your content, it's going to be even more enjoyable and easier to understand. The perfect balance of theory and practicality makes each episode educational and enjoyable. Whether you're just starting out in data science or are a seasoned social sciences enthusiast, "Statistics for the Social Sciences" is a must-listen. I highly recommend it for its informative content, friendly approach, and engaging delivery.

Dheeraj Perumandla ,

Engaging with real world examples

Statistics Made Simple by Dr. Brad Fulton masterfully simplifies complex statistical concepts with real world relatable examples and engaging storytelling. I believe it would be equally useful for beginners and to one's with some background in statistics. I highly recommend listening to the podcast.

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