Statistics is a set of methods that are used to collect and analyze data. Statistical methods help people identify, study, and solve many problems. These methods enable people to make good decisions about uncertain situations.

Sample some of the following activities to learn more about statistics


Places To Go    People To See    Things To Do    Teacher Resources    Bibliography

Places To Go

The following are places to go (some real and some virtual) to find out about statistics.

American Coaster Enthusiasts
Statistics are vital for scientific and social research. But they also provide valuable information for our everyday lives. If you're planning a vacation, you can make a decision on where to go based on statistics. If you love amusement parks, then you can travel to the states with the most operating roller coasters. (California has the most).
Key Crime & Justice Facts at a Glance
Spend time at the U.S. Department of Justice and check out their crime statistics. It has interesting trend tables. Serious violent crime levels are slightly declining. The rates for men and women who commit violent crime are getting closer. In the past 30 years, the age group of homicide victims has consistently been the highest in the 18-24 years of age range. Have students do further research to explain these kinds of statistics.
Roller Coaster Database
The rcdb is a comprehensive, searchable database with information and statistics on over 5000 roller coasters throughout the world.
Statistics and Probability
A large collection of links for students and teachers including tutorials, activities, and webquests.
Statistics Canada
Thorough look at how to collect and analyze data.

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People To See

Francis Ysidro Edgeworth
Meet Francis Ysidro Edgeworth. He was a pioneer in developing many of the statistical ideas used today.
Major League Baseball
The official site of Major League Baseball. Includes news, features, multimedia, player profiles, chat transcripts, schedules and statistics.
National Basketball Association
The official site of the National Basketball Association. Includes news, features, multimedia, player profiles, chat transcripts, schedules and statistics.
National Football League
The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, schedules, stats, scores and more.
National Hockey League
The official National Hockey League web site includes features, news, rosters, statistics, schedules, teams, live game radio broadcasts, and video clips.
Women's National Basketball Association
The official site of the Women's National Basketball Association. Includes news, features, multimedia, player profiles, chat transcripts, schedules and statistics.
Utah's Online Library
Meet people in the United States who have the current "most popular" first names. Every year, "someone" compiles the statistics for the most popular male and female first names of the year. Have students locate that information for 1999. The resources at the Utah's Online Library website, which include thousands of full text magazines and periodicals as well as newspapers, would be a good place to start.
Other Influential Mathematicians and Scientists

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Things To Do

Create a Graph
Learn how to create area, bar, pie and line graphs from the National Center for Education Statistics. This interactive charting tool allows completed graphs to be downloaded and/or printed.
The Data and Story Library
DASL is an online library of datafiles and stories that illustrate the use of basic statistics methods. Browse through from a wide variety of topics and find real-world examples that will be interesting to students studying statistics.
HyperStat Online
Browse through this online textbook on statistics. It also has great links to periodical articles about current trends in statistical sampling and methods.
Immigration and Naturalization Services: Statistics
Find the statistical information for immigrants to the U.S. for the years 1994-1999. In 1996, most immigrants to the U.S. came from Mexico. Immigrants from the Philippines accounted for the next largest group.
Introduction to Descriptive Statistics
According to this site, "Without statistics we couldn't plan our budgets, pay our taxes, enjoy games to their fullest, evaluate classroom performance...". So in other words, statistics are a necessary part of everyday life. Learn more about this branch of statistics that is used by everyone on a regular basis.
National Center for Education Statistics
From this excellent site, educators can find current statistical data about a variety of educational topics.
United States Census Bureau
#1 source for current population data and the latest Economic Indicators. Households to Business to Government - Income & Spending. Race by Sex by Age or poverty & health insurance data. Foreign Trade shows what is coming in and what is going out. Federal Spending and much more.
VassarStats: Website for Statistical Computation
Compiling statistics often requires complex mathematical steps. Use this website to perform statistical computations for you. Have students plug in figures from this year's interesting elections to create statistical situations.

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Teacher Resources

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  • Kirkby, David. Handling Data. Crystal Lake, IL: Rigby Interactive Library, c1996.
  • Phillips, John L. How To Think About Statistics. New York: W.H. Freeman, c1999.
  • Slavin, Steve. Chances Are: The Only Statistics Book You'll Ever Need. Lanham, Md.: Madison Books: Distributed by National Book Network, c1998.
  • Smoothey, Marion. Statistics. New York: M. Cavendish, 1993.
  • Sternstein, Martin. Statistics. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series, 1996.