"Statistics is the part of mathematics that even mathematicians don't particularly like." Alan Smith, Data Visual Editor, the Financial Times in London.
David Leonhardt is an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times. In his Christmas Eve column, he writes about probabilities. He is in favor of using them to communicate, but says, "They are inherently hard to grasp."
And, as we know, statistics is based on probabilities -- which is why so many find it confusing.
The 13th in our irregular "You are not alone ..." series.
Even statisticians are not immune to misinterpretations of Null Hypothesis Significance Tests. http://bit.ly/2hdr11o
#11 You are not alone if you are confused by #statistics: Statistics software creator struggled with statistics in college.
Jay Arthur is the author of the books, Lean Six Sigma Demystified and Lean Six Sigma for Hospitals, as well as the creator of the QI Macros software for statistical process control.
He says, "In college, I struggled with statistics. Professors seemed to want to teach us the 'what' and 'how' of statistics, but not the 'why.' They used 'not' language to describe results: 'We cannot reject the null hypothesis.' People struggle with understanding the meaning of sentences containing the word 'not'. I confess, I am one of them."
Andrew A. (Andy) Jawlik is the author of the book, Statistics from A to Z -- Confusing Concepts Clarified, published by Wiley.