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Statistical Concepts Using Spreadsheets

The ICSE is proud to announce that we are now the home of DISCUSS the Discovering Important Statistical Concepts Using SpreadSheets project.

DISCUSS was a modified and supplemented web-based implementation of the widely used DISCUS materials for teaching elementary statistics. It aimed to integrate the powerful interactive capabilities of Microsoft Excel with the convenience of web-based resource materials. The project was originally produced at Coventry University, UK by the main authors, Neville Hunt and Sidney Tyrrell (other authors contributed to various units).

As part of the transition all pages have been updated to display correctly in modern web browsers and while it is the intention of the centre to update DISCUSS further, so that it remains a useful and relevant tool kit for teaching elementary statistics, users should be aware that the content, including spreadsheets, has not been updated since 2003.

Note also that you can find guidance notes on how to create box plots within Excel, that are also included as part of the DISCUSS materials.

We would like to extend our thanks to Dr Neville Hunt for maintaining this excellent resource, for providing it to us at the centre and for assisting with the transition.



Blogs of Interest

If you will excuse the peculiarity of a blog post on a blog post…there are two excellent Statistical Education resources that are worth your attention.

The first is the personal blog of Robert Kosara a Visual Analysis Researcher at Tableau Software. Robert attended the recent Graphical Web conference (held in Winchester, UK) and presented Data Storytelling Beyond the Hype.

Robert’s blog is full of information visualisation insights, a recent post regarding charts, coming so soon after the conference, is especially interesting: agereyes.org.

The second blog is one the centre has referenced more than once in the past. This is Burns Statistics, established in 2002 as the consulting and software vehicle for Patrick Burns.

After working on some spreadsheets this post sprang to mind, others will undoubtedly find it useful; if you find yourself using spreadsheets a bit too much and have a basic familiarity with the use of R, burns-stat.com.