I was visiting in Chicago year, when I ran into an old acquaintance -- a psychologist who is a now a partner in a large, successful business consulting practice. I told him I had written a book which was intended to dispel the confusion surrounding statistics.
He didn't want to be identified or provide his picture for this blog. But, reminiscing about his graduate student days, he said,
"The PhD students were terrified of statistics."
Later, after returning home, I ran into another psychologist and I mentioned this to him. He said,
"When I was a PhD student I was terrified by statistics. I'm not now, but I was then."
So, have heart. statistics confuses almost everyone.
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Andrew A. (Andy) Jawlik is the author of the book, Statistics from A to Z -- Confusing Concepts Clarified, published by Wiley.