this course, the introduction to statistics and data analysis is
presented with an unusual emphasis: The goal is to "See what your
data seem to say" (Tukey, Exploratory Data Analysis).
you look at your data with the power provided by computer-based
statistical visualization, you can gain an intuitive understanding
of your data. Such an intuitive visual understanding complements
the classical approach to understanding data, which is based on
the mathematics of probabity and inference. Both classical and visual
statistics are taught in this course.
Young has spent the last decade developing ViSta, a Visual Statistics
system. This system uses visual methods to reveal information in
your data; to structure your data analysis experience; and to guide
you through complex data analyses. Based on theories embeded in
cognitive-science and artificial-intelligence, ViSta is designed
to augment your ability to intuitively understand data. This is
the third year that Prof. Young has used ViSta in this course.