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welcome to bananalysis!

if you have forgotten why you are here, read the original post in this thread:

otherwise, here's what you can expect from this course:

1. learn enough statistics and study design to hold your own in conversation with anyone who throws numbers at you.

2. have the ability to conduct your own analyses so you don't have to take anyone else's word that this is what the data shows.

3. develop sufficient skills to acquire a technical grasp of the china study and other published items which use statistical analysis to make their point.

the primary course materials are the following

1. the very well done carnegie-mellon open learning initiative statistics course (henceforth referred to as cmolis not to be confused with cialis):
this course is interactive, well-illustrated and even has video explanations.

2. supplementary exercises using actual data from the china study.
the bonus here is that you become familiar with this data by working on it directly.

3. statistical software
we recommend R because it is open source, gnu and excellent! you can learn how to get started with it by going here:
(but ask if you have any difficulties or have no clue what to do)
alternately, you can use excel if you have forked out the money or pirated a copy and feel you must use it - the course does offer an excel stream as well.
if you have some other means of doing stats (eg scipy with python, spss or an abacus), there is nothing stopping you from using it, though you will have to obviously modify specific instructions to your software.

the routine will be as follows:

1. the module to be covered will be added under "bearings" beneath existing items in bold (see below).

2. you are to do the topic from cmolis and post any questions or interesting points of observation you may have in this thread where they will be addressed.

3. extra exercises using china study data will be presented for discussion and completion.

your course guides are:

1. normal though occasionally skewed

2. inviting of others to contribute and assist just for some variance

official start day is monday, july 26, 2010!

till then, you can still do some things ... see bearings below.

in friendship,


get your software in place - ask for help if you have trouble
then work on what is below. note that bolded items show
the topic presently under discussion.

unit 1: Introduction
    assignment #1
        a solution in R
        a solution in excel

unit 2: Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA)
        assignment #2a
    module 1: Examining Distributions

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software installation and unit 1: introduction

so what are you waiting for? course officially opens this coming monday, but you can start sooner!

- get your software installed ... even play with it a bit
- go through the introduction in cmolis

in friendship,
prad, you rock. I'm excited for this course. I'm in.
great to hear, maxwell!
the real rocker though is our fabulous veganmama!
let us know if you have if you have any issues with installation or operation of the software ... though having looked at your page and website, i rather doubt you'll experience any difficulties.

in friendship,
aww. :-) i'm super stoked for everyone to become bananalysis experts!!
This sounds fantastic Prad & Veganmama! You guys are amazing.
I don't know how much time I can commit to this at the moment but i will do my best.
Thanks for all the work you 2 have put into this X
Great stuff. I'm in
how is everyone doing so far? any chance to play with R?

just a couple of tips:

1. you can go to file --> new document so you can write code and save it
2. you can go to misc --> change working directory so you can point to any files by filename instead of having to write out the whole directory.
oh gosh I need everything spelled out to me , where do I download R from?
http://cran.ms.unimelb.edu.au/. Are you using Windows?
no problem, freelee.
go here:
and you'll see a section for
Installing R
i see from your email that you are on mac so click on that and follow instructions.
i think the package you want is this:
my guess is that you download and run the .bin file, but i don't use mac so i'm not certain. possibly someone else here can confirm what i have said.

just ask if you have any difficulties whatsoever.

in friendship,
Downloaded R and signed up for course. Haven't used R yet. Will do later.
fantastic liam!
you don't need to sign up to do the course (i didn't going through it), but i think it does offer some advantages possibly like letting you log in and may be have access to their tests? perhaps you can let us know as we go through the course.

in friendship,



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