Data Analysis as the Search for Signals in Noisy Processes

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  • 1 University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The idea of data as a mixture of signal and noise is perhaps the most fundamental concept in statistics. Research suggests, however, that current instruction is not helping students to develop this idea, and that though many students know, for example, how to compute means or medians, they do not know how to apply or interpret them.

Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

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