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Research Methods – Probability

 
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About the Course

This course, by Dr Ayoub Bouguettaya (University of Birmingham), explores probability within the field of statistics. In the first module, we look to understand what statistics are and why they matter. In the second module, we think about statistical testing as a function of the null hypothesis, and what it means to reject a null. In the third module, we think about significance and normality, including the importance of evaluating percentages and probability against the number of events/incidences being tested. Next, we think about types of statistical tests, with a focus on t-tests, Pearson’s correlation, Spearman’s Rho, and the Chi-squared test. In the fifth module, we think about the two main types of errors: type 1 and type 2, and their consequences in different settings. In the sixth and final module, we think about some controversies in the field of statistics, including p-hacking and the use of Bayesian statistics.

About the Lecturer

Dr Ayoub Bouguettaya is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. His research centres around social psychology and how knowledge from that field can be applied to others, particularly health. Dr Bouguettaya is interested in how we can apply social identity theory to societal problems, as well as investigating the different perspectives one might taken on those issues. His recent publications have spanned a breadth of topics including social identification, eating behaviours, conspiracy theories, and behavioural economics.

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