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~Start date February 2010~

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Modest Goals...

Well, however, lame this sounds, 
my goal for this masters level applied statistics course was rather modest. 
My goal? 
To survive... 
Last time I checked, I still have a pulse!!! 

Final, Saturday.
A little bit more coffee and a lot of prayer should do it...

Sunday, September 5, 2010


       OK, well, the graduate course I'm in requires statistics...I whined my way through my undergraduate course in statistics and I may cry myself through this one! Actually, however, I do see the importance. At the graduate level whether you intend to teach or perform research, you are ultimately being groomed to lead. I am ready for this change. So, I will suck it up and try not to complain about statistics!

       The book we are utilizing does have some way cool quotes though, interspersed between the probability, independent t-test, Mann-Whitney U-test, and so forth and so on. So in the interest of providing some insight into grad school and statistics I thought I would share some of them with you.

"Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off." Paul Brodeur

"Statistics is the grammar of science." Karl Pearson

"Statistics are no substitute for judgment." Henry Clay

"A judicious man uses statistics, not to get knowledge, but to save himself from having ignorance foisted upon him." Thomas Carlyle  (My personal favorite!)

       Lastly, for all our nurses out there,

"Developing evidence-based practice is an important way to get your ideas implemented, improve the health of the American people, and move the profession forward into the 21st century." Dr. Patricia Grady

       That's all for now... three more weeks and counting... not whining, just stating a fact!   ;)