Fall 2014 First Meeting
Speaker: Paul Alper
Date & Time:
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
O'Shaughnessy Science Hall (OSS 227)
How Many Lakes Are There in the State of Utah? Importance of Peculiarities of Medical Statistics
Abstract: What kind of statistical understanding is needed to judge medical statistics? We will look at such concepts as: risk, survival rates, accuracy, criteria, screening, sensitivity, specificity, benefits, harms, reverse causality, observational studies, and randomized clinical trials. Specific examples include various cancers, cholesterol, blood pressure, osteoporosis and a bunch of -ectomies. Eventually, we will connect with the lakes of Utah.
Biographical Information: Paul Alper is a retired instructor at the University of St. Thomas. His essays on statistics and education in general may be found in Chance News and in the British journal, Higher Education Review, where he has been its North American Correspondent for over 30 years.