Making Sense of Numbers (Interpretation of Data)

When Sep 17, 2015 from 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM
Where Edinburgh
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This half day workshop (1330-1630) is directed at those who need to interpret numbers but have little or no knowledge of statistics.


The content is appropriate for those who may need to critically appraise published (quantitative) articles. The focus is on interpreting rather than generating the results of a statistical analysis. Examples are used throughout and at the end of the workshop those attending should be able to:


• Distinguish between absolute and relative measures

• Describe and interpret a confidence interval

• Explain the distinction between confidence intervals and P-values

• Interpret the results of one-sample, unmatched and paired t-tests

• Understand the limitations of the t-test

• Make sense of data presented in graphical presentations

• Understand the concept of linear correlation

• Interpret the chi-square test for comparing proportions

• Interpret and make sense of the results from a randomised control trial.


This workshop will be delivered by Dr David Chinn, Senior Research Advisor and R&D Coordinator, NHS Fife; Dr Chinn is not a statistician but an epidemiologist with a working knowledge of stats.


Please note that this is a ‘stand-alone’ workshop, however you may also benefit from attending the workshop “Statistics for the Terrified” (An Introduction to Statistics), which is scheduled to take place in the morning before this session (17th September  2015; 0930-1230).

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