Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Wasn't That Bad

I went to the Statistics class and it wasn't that bad for the first night. We got out early, which is good due to it being a four-hour class from 6:00pm - 10:00pm. The professor is from Ethiopia, very soft-spoken and is only interested in the students understanding and being proficient. It seems like he will be quite good. He has a Ph.D. in Statistics and another Ph.D. in Macrobiotics. All I can say is "WOW!".

I am tired now and going to bed. It's already Tuesday and I haven't slept yet!

Good night!

5 comments:

John Finn said...

I had to drop and retake statistics in college, and the professor makes a major difference.

The first time, the prof was a theoretical mathemetician who was really into the computational side of things. I didn't get it at all, and it was pretty clear I was going to flunk, so I dropped.

The second time, the prof was fromthe business department, and his approach was totally different: he explained what the statistics meant - why you were doing the calculations, how to interpret the results in some meaningful way. It really clicked for me, and I aced the course (though I still suck at math).

Hope this guy is of the latter species.

Oswegan said...

Four hour classes are tough. Enough to put anyone to sleep.

~Oswegan

Linda and her Twaddle said...

Four hours at work makes me tire. Four hours of anything after that I would be fast asleep. There is a limit to my think power.

John Finn said...

You ask: "Do you ever use the knowledge gained from the course in everyday life?"

My answer: I don't use the knowledge I gained in *any* college course in everyday life.

I would say that knowing statistics has helped me to understand the way politicians, corporations, scientists, and others cheat and deceive people with numerical "proof" - so in that way, it's a tad more useful than some/much of the other subjects I studied.

On the math ... you can use Excel to perform the calculations - the important thing (to my second prof, and to their practical application) is knowing what they mean.

Daisy said...

all I can say is WOW too. :D hope you kinda enjoy it though the subject isn't your favorite one!

 
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