Teaching Statistics Visually
with ViSta World-Wide-Web Applets

Forrest Young

Quantitative Psychology
L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Lab
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Undergraduates in my introductory Psychological Statistics course are using ViSta World-Wide-Web applets to visualize statistical concepts. In a computer demonstration I show how students use these applets, how I wrote them, and how they work.

The applets use ViSta, my Visual Statistics system. It is designed for learning and teaching statistics. ViSta is free and runs under Windows (3.1, 95, NT, OS/2), MacOS (PowerPC & 68040), and Unix (with X11). It is being used for teaching introductory, multivariate, graphical and computational statistics, as well as for research and development in graphical and computational statistics.


  1. ViSta - The Visual Statistics System
  2. Using ViSta Applets
  3. Creating ViSta Applets
  4. Summary

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Copyright 1997 by Forrest W. Young. All rights reserved.