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World of Mathematics--Probability & Statistics

World of Mathematics--Probability & Statistics

This is a sub-page of the large and comprehensive Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics site which is separately reviewed elsewhere on MERLOT. At the time of review this probability and statistics area listed 19 subtopics including Bayesian analysis, descriptive statistics, probability, random numbers, random walks, and statistical tests. Approximately 350 separate items on probability and statistics were included.... Show More


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sudasawan Ngammongkolwong
10 years ago

thank you for good exercises Leaning.

Alison Benke
Alison Benke (Student)
14 years ago
I found this site really useful. I looked up coin tossing under probibility and learned how tossing a coin is like tossing a two sided die,and the Bernolli Distribution, how the patterns of the toss can be somewhat predicted. For example, it is more likely that you would toss TTH (tails, tails, heads) before you toss THT. Under the "history and terminolgy" page, I learned about the following terms, end of proof(QED),a latin abbreviation that means "that which has been demonstrated". Another term I had never heard of was pairwise, it means taking all unordered 2 subsets of a given set. Another is star that is a term used in geometry. Porism, which means proportion and called theorm in mathmatical terms.There were others I knew but needed to review, like unknown and complex variables. The examples of each term were pretty straightforward, and something an instructor could easily expand upon.

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By using the "history and terminology page" I could find the definition to many terms I didn't know or thought were interesting. Sometimes after reading about foreign term/concept, I recognized other terms with in that concept that I was familiar with and saw how it was connected. Then it was more applicable for me. It was also a great page for expanding my mathematical vocabulary. The more I learn about math the more confidence I will have, and the more I will want to learn. I think this page was a great tool for students and instuctors to use. For students, it allows them to explore on their own, learn about concepts, write down some questions they may have and bring those to class. For the instructor, it is a great way to see examples of how the concepts are being explained and the way the material is being presented. It could also be used as a great refresher course for instuctors. There was alot of terminology and it is a great resource for both students and instructors.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: I spent about 30-40 minutes browsing the site and looking at topics that jumped out at me. I spent a long time on the history and terminology site because it was so interesting. I found so terms that I had never heard of!
Joel Vaughan
Joel Vaughan (Student)
15 years ago
Very useful as a statistical glossary, and contains many high-level concepts. This is better used as a reference than a learning tool.
belardes (Student)
20 years ago
i liked this site because iam really into the probabilites of things because of
statistics. i play baseball so probabilities are very interesting when it comes
to statistics. unfortunatly this is a part of math that not too many people are
interested in. i think one of the main reasons i like probabilites so much is
because everything else is so confusing to me.