Introduction to Applied Statistics


Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences


Statistical tools for modern data analysis can be used across a range of industries to help you guide organizational, societal and scientific advances. This course uses industry-standard applications and software (R and Python) for numerical reasoning and predictive data modeling, with an emphasis on conceptual rather than theoretical understanding.



  • One semester/quarter of an introductory statistical methods course, OR one year of single-variable calculus
  • A conferred Bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or better.

Topics include

  • Bootstrap
  • Correlated errors
  • Data snooping
  • Interactions and qualitative variables
  • Multiple linear regression
  • Penalized regression
  • Poisson
  • Regression and prediction
  • Simple linear regression
  • Transformations
  • Variance and cross-validation


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