Statistics
 

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Statistics is one of Reverse Tide’s favorite subjects. It is applicable to so many diverse career types and gains relevance every day. This is a Learning Page where we help guide you toward outstanding learning and even better career outcomes.

When it comes to statistics, it’s helpful to learn the fundamentals and then choose what industry you want to apply the learning to. So we’ll help you learn with the following sections…

I. Introduction As you’re reading now, we’ll overview Statistics and discuss the best way to learn.

II. Statistics Learning  We help you with the top sources to learn the fundamentals and then give you some guidance in applying it to a more specific industry and career path

III. Reverse Tide Career Services Since we are outcome driven, we want to help you accomplish your professional goals in this subject

IV. Continuing EducationThe best sources for regular learning of statistics related subjects

So flip the tab, discover the outcomes you can expect from gaining this skill, how to best learn it, and then get started in enhancing your learning and career!

Reverse Tide’s Statistics Learning Page is outcome focused. This is where we’re unique… the topics of study, the sources, and the emphasis on quickly getting real experience are designed to give you real skills and allow you to easily find work in this field. Here are just a few of the many ways to use your statistics knowledge…

Primary Statistics Career Examples

  • Statistician
  • Medical researcher (biostatistician)
  • Risk analyst
  • Data engineer

Examples of Statistics as a Career Supplement

  • Learn to collect and analyze data for important strategic insights
  • Understand probability and likelihood of events occurring in your business or industry
  • Develop predictive models for strategic decision-making

The Learning Path you see in Section II of this page is designed to teach you Statistics as comprehensively and efficiently as possible, while maintaining a low cost. There are tons of statistics education sources out there and we’ve spent countless hours determining the best ones for this goal.

Our Learning Page is designed to help you learn the fundamentals and then give guidance on how to best apply your learnings to careers in business, technology, science, and more. Here’s how we do it…

1 – You definitely have to learn statistics and all the core concepts of things like probability, linear regression, and more.

2 – Depending on what you’re doing next, you may want to go into greater depth on certain topics.

3 – Statistics is easily applied to so many disciplines and it’s actually often taught using them as examples. You can find statistics specific education for computer science or for finance as examples. So we’ll help you apply your knowledge to maximize your personal goals

4 – We will refer you to some great continuing education so your learning is perpetual rather than a single moment in time.

Refer to Section II below for all the statistics topics and the top places to learn each.

Reverse Tide is the internet’s leader in providing comprehensive reverse tide learninglearning on the modern economy’s most important professional skills. Unlike traditional universities, training programs, and other formal learning programs, we focus on five core goals…

1 – Topical. We only focus on the skills most important to today’s modern economy. If the economy changes, we change (although we predict where things are headed in advance).

2 – Comprehensive. We cover the totality of subjects needed to become job-ready.

3 – Efficient. We don’t waste time or resources on meaningless material. We tell you why you should learn each subject in the path toward proficiency.

4 – Affordable. Each learning curriculum costs under $1,000 for both education and career services. However, the idea is this is an investment that pays for itself through career enhancement.

5 – Career Enhancing. We focus on the skills and practices that get you hired into well-paying jobs. No fluff, administration, fancy degrees/certificates. Just great education and even better career services.

Nope we’re not traditional and that’s our great strength! If you want to hang a diploma on the wall or have letters next to your name, best to go elsewhere. If you want to learn Statistics the right way and give yourself the best chance at a great job, you’re in the right place. Welcome to Reverse Tide Learning.

II – STATISTICS LEARNING


Statistics Fundamentals

Introduction… We will start off learning statistics with a bit of fun. We love this source for two reasons. First, it covers the fundamentals very statistics normal distributionthoroughly. You’ll be ready to get into more detail quite quickly. Second, rather than bogging you down with a bunch of textbook theory and math, every lessons applies the statistics topic to a real world example. This is highly conducive to overviewing the subject and getting a broad knowledge so you understand the basics and terminology before getting into greater depth.

Complete this source in its entirety, as it’s high quality. You’ll notice that the videos are a bit dated, however, the quality of instruction is so good that it’s well worth it. Oh and it’s free!

Here it is…

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    Against All Odds: Inside Statistics

    A great free learning source to get you into a good place with the major statistics topics, how they can be applied in the real world, and basic instruction. We’ll build off these lessons in subsequent tabs

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Probability

Introduction… The first subject we’ll dive into a bit deeper is Probability. This subject is something you probably already have a cursory understanding of from being involved in gambling or other games of chance. However, we’re going to get a bit more scientific and help you assess the likelihood of certain events or outcomes based on available data. No doubt, this would have a lot of important implications in business, politics, science, and pretty much every topic in life.

We provide two course options for Probability but you only need to take one (they cover the same material). The first is a very well known Harvard class but since it’s video only and not very interactive, we thought we’d give you a more user friendly option as well.

Here they are…

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    Statistics 110: Probability

    This Harvard course is famous and covers probability comprehensively. We suggest this one but if you want something a bit more suited to the online learner, we’ll provide a secondary option following this.

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    Learn Probability and Statistics in an Easy Way

    Another highly rated option to learn the same subjects in probability

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Descriptive Statistics

Introduction… The next thing we’ll cover is being able to describe or compare a population statistically. So think about the country you live in… how could people describe it quantitatively? Maybe they’d talk about its demographics, economy, or weather. Or maybe they’d dig into specifics about its sports teams or corporations.

Descriptive statistics provides quantitative methods for talking about any population of things. This gives people important information in any professional context and is thus why we’ll cover it here…

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    Intro to Descriptive Statistics

    This is a highly rated intro course that actually is part of Udacity’s popular nanodegree. However, they are nice enough to offer it free

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Inferential Statistics

Introduction… This subject is just as its name sounds. Most of the time you don’t have every piece of information you need to make a decision or understand a concept. So you use the information you are capable of collecting and then infer the truth (rather than know with 100% certainty).

Most things in life can’t be proven. Scientists form theories through studies of a sample group. The same goes for economists and politicians. Business leaders make decisions based on a limited set of information. All are using inferential statistical methods to arrive at their conclusions. This course will get you to a base level of knowledge and then we’ll expand on it significantly in the application subjects in our next section. 

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    Intro to Inferential Statistics

    We’ll continue on with Udacity, as this is really a Part 2 from the previous Descriptive Statistics course. If you liked the last one, keep going and do Inferential Statistics here. If you don’t like their teaching style, we have a secondary option as well

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    Inferential Statistics

    If you didn’t like Udacity’s teaching style, here’s a second option. No need to take both courses unless you want to review your knowledge

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Excel (Spreadsheets)

Introduction… Most people will come into this Learning Page with some level of Excel proficiency since it’s so widely used. But we are including it in our Statistics Fundamentals page because it has so many features for everything you’ve learned and will be widely used in whichever field you apply statistics knowledge to. 

Most people will probably go down the Data & Analytics route in our next section. If you do, we’re going to use much more sophisticated data, analytics, and statistical tools than Excel (R, Python, SAS, etc). However, at the fundamental level, Excel is most widely used and can do everything you’ve learned to date.

We’re going to link you to Reverse Tide’s Excel Learning Page. We suggest you complete the courses on functions, pivots, and Excel’s Statistical package (unless you’re already familiar with these). Chances are you’ll need 100% of the lessons learned in those courses in your future jobs. Once you master Excel, you’ll be ready for more advanced technology in the next section.

Link: Reverse Tide’s Excel Learning Page  


Moving On

Ok, hopefully you’re enjoying your Statistics learning. We tried to make learning the fundamentals as inexpensive and quick as possible. Now that you have that out of the way, the fun begins. It’s time to apply your learnings and become advanced in the field of statistics. 

In the next part of our learning page, we’ll talk about all the ways you can use statistics as an integral part of your career path and provide learning options to get going. 

So let’s get into the meat of Statistics learning…

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Applying Your Statistics Knowledge to Industry

Now that you’re proficient with the main Statistics topics, we’d statistics populationprobably assume you’re at an intermediate level. The way to get advanced is not to keep studying more theory. The way to get a job isn’t to sit behind a computer piling on endless knowledge.

The way to get advanced is to start applying statistics to an industry or career function. We give you a few options in the tabs below…


Data & Analysis

The first subject we’re going to cover is Data & Analysis. This has become a massive career path in the past few years and is widely talked about as having a shortage of qualified people compared to the job demand.

This is the most natural way to expand your statistics knowledge, as you’ll use a lot of the same techniques but on a much larger scale. In this field, you’ll extract massive quantities of data and try to gather important insights for whatever profession you’re in. You’ll use sophisticated technology to gather, house, mine, manipulate, visualize, and analyze this data. Our Learning Path will teach you all of the above and get you to a highly advanced level in Statistics. We’ll also have a lot of career resources specific to that job type.

So rather than half-ass it here, we’ll take you to Reverse Tide’s Data & Analysis Learning Path instead!


Advanced Math

Some people aren’t too interested in the business side and want to stay as quantitative as possible. Statistics is one subject in mathematics but you can go so much further. 

Although this subject is a bit too specialized for us to do a learning path, we do offer a Learning Page dedicated to math. There you can find some of the top content to become a math expert and move into a highly quantitative field like actuarial science, engineering, or advanced computing. Or you can just brush up on certain math subjects like calculus, linear algebra, and more. 

Here’s a link: Reverse Tide’s Math Learning Page


General Business

Many people want to learn statistics and then go into business. Wise choice. While you won’t advance your learning of statistics much in a general business role, it will add a lot to your capabilities. Managers can use statistical methods to make better decisions. Entrepreneurs can use statistics to assess the performance of their business and better understand market opportunities. Finance and Economics specialists will use statistics everyday in their work. Marketers can use statistics to analyze what channels and campaigns are working best. 

So if any of these subjects sound good in progressing your learning, we can help. If you’re interested in the quantitative or technology side of things, we’d advise you to utilize the data & analysis learning path in the tab above. If you’re more interested in the business side and want to use statistics as a supplement, we can help you with each business subject’s learning:

Reverse Tide’s Management Learning Path
Reverse Tide’s Marketing Learning Path
Reverse Tide’s Business Analysis Learning Path


Science

Pretty much every science field heavily uses statistics at its core. This is because science is based on using the data they have to record observations, experiments, and theories. Sound a bit like inferential statistics?

To go a step deeper, consider all the different science types:

  • Health professionals look at your symptoms to diagnose and treat conditions. They don’t know anything for certain but look at biological samples to make larger judgments
  • Researchers use controlled experiments with a sample group to find significance and prove their hypothesis in various scientific topics. 
  • We know so little about the physical world around us, however, physics scientists have used advanced math to explain what we can see and what we can’t perceive. 

The list goes on. Almost any career in science requires knowledge of statistics and some professions use it in substantial ways. 

Most science subjects require formal education and lab work and so it falls out of the scope of being able to provide a formal learning path. However, we are considering some learning materials in the future. Sign up to our email or social media so we can let you know when we do!


Programming

Programming related careers make use of statistics in a big way. Some jobs actually build statistical rules and capabilities into their work and thus require an advanced knowledge, while others need to understand the subject to enhance their work. A few examples…

  • Any machine learning program relies on statistical rules to execute its function. It will recognize patterns across mass quantities of data and be programmed to determine the correct statistical response. For example, the self driving car uses advanced statistics and data algorithms to determine when to stop and how to turn without striking another object.
  • Every industry uses statistics in its technology. Remember the business and science examples we gave? The collection of data and manipulation into useful insights will almost always leverage statistical methods. Pretty much every program has statistical concepts built into its code.
  • Statistics and math is used to make the technology infrastructure work in the first place. Big data extraction capability, network routing optimization, and other advanced computing topics are all made possible by advanced statistical methods 
  • A few examples from well known companies… how does Facebook determine what you see in your news feed? Statistics. How does Amazon know what product to recommend? Statistics. How does Spotify know what music you want to hear? I think you know the answer by now!

Reverse Tide has a comprehensive suite of Technology Learning options. Since we’re talking about Programming, here’s the link:

Reverse Tide Programming Learning Path


Engineering

By now you’re probably getting the point. Statistics is used to improve professional capabilities in everything. In a field as quantitative as engineering, you’ll be required to advance your statistical knowledge substantially. 

Engineering is one of the most lucrative career paths you can choose. And Reverse Tide hopefully got you started with our Statistics and Math Learning Pages. 

It’s a bit too specialized for us to go further, as any form of engineering requires more formal education. However, if this field interests you, your Statistics education will only help!

III. REVERSE TIDE CAREER SERVICES

career services

We commend you for your choice in learning Statistics. The applicability to so many jobs is strong and growing every day. While you can certainly become a statistician, we expect most people will use their statistics knowledge to enhance the career path of their choosing.

Which brings us to Reverse Tide’s Career Services Section. Everything we do at Reverse Tide is aimed at helping you achieve outcomes. And this section is the one that can help you translate learning into that personal career outcome goal. We can help you:

  • Prove your statistics specific qualifications to employers
  • Help you with a specific career path (business, technology, etc),
  • Generically help you with new jobs, freelance gigs, promotions, raises, and more

We do it all! Let us help you with all the topics in the tabs below!


Building a Top Resume

You’ve now learned statistics and hopefully start applying it to business, technology, science, or some other field. So how do you resume standoutbuild that into a crazy good resume that gets you hired?

We’ve assembled a guide that helps create the best resume among your peers. It uses the most modern, creative, and eye-catching ways of writing your qualifications and impressing employers.

With this guide, you get the following benefits…

  • 15 innovative, attractive resume templates
  • Tons of examples
  • The resume styles employers like
  • How to highlight your top qualifications
  • A lot of modern insight you don’t get anywhere else

For more information and to sign up, visit our Building a Top Resume Guide Page


Writing an Amazing Cover Letter

Cover letters are the first thing employers will see when you’re applying to them. So you certainly want it to look good and make a Amazing cover letterstrong case for you to get the job!

Our guide is intended to help you with writing the most effective cover letter of your life. We want it to be attention-getting, persuasive, and convert into an interview. So here’s how we’ll do it…

  • The elements to include in your cover letters (hint, it’s different than everyone else does it)
  • Tons of examples of great cover letters
  • Alternatives to the common letter format
  • A bit of job application specific sales psychology

For more information and to sign up, check out our page Writing Amazing Cover Letters Guide


Create a Professional Portfolio

As you start to gain advanced statistics knowledge and use it to do interesting projects, you’ll want to showcase your talents in a professional portfolio. You want to Professional Portfolioshow employers how great you’ll be in the future rather than just focusing on your past experience. 

In this guide, we’ll teach you about what the best professional portfolios look like. This way you can demonstrate and prove your qualifications rather than simply stating them. More specifically, here’s what we’ll do…

  • What are all the things you can put in your professional portfolio?
  • Where can you house it and how can you present it to employers?
  • Tons of examples and resources to make your portfolio great

For more information or to sign up, visit our page – Creating a Professional Portfolio Guide


Owning the Interview

The interview is the equivalent of closing the sale. This is when you’re getting more personalized and discussing the terms of whether the interview guideprofessional arrangement is mutually beneficial. This requires a lot of preparation.

In this guide, we want you to own the interview and get that dream job. We’ll talk all about outstanding interview preparation and even better execution so you’re as successful as possible. Specifically, we’ll go into depth on the following…

  • The important things to prove to the hirer during an interview
  • The preparation that can vastly improve your results
  • A bunch of mock interviews for all the common interview formats
  • Other considerations and resources to make you the best interviewer you can possibly be

For more information or to sign up, visit our page Owning the Interview Guide


The Business Proposal

When it comes to Statistics, Data Analysis, and other projects you’re likely to do, you’ll be highly likely to need business proposal writing skills. business proposalGetting proposals right is a very unique skill for people in this industry but is crucial to career success.

In this guide, we’ll go into a lot of depth on how to write winning business proposals. We’ll approach it from the perspective of someone writing a job proposal and all the things needed to achieve success. More specifically, we’ll discuss the following…

  • What are the important elements to include in a good business proposal?
  • We’ll do three real examples… a short, medium, and long proposal

For more information or to sign up, visit our page The Business Proposal Guide


Increasing Freelance Sales

A lot of statistics/data experts are involved in professional freelancing. This is definitely an interesting career choice, as you’re capable of helping so many companies and doing so on increase freelance salesyour own terms. You can choose your specialty, choose your company targets, and once you win the work can choose how you approach it.

The disadvantage to freelancing is you have to do your own sales. This guide is aimed at the freelancer and the many ways to boost their sales results. We have tons of resources, examples, and sales methods specific to freelancing. Here’s what you get in this guide:

  • The Business Proposal Guide for free
  • Boosting your qualifications to optimal levels
  • Having a great sales strategy and positioning yourself for success with top tactics
  • Developing great negotiation skills

For more information or to sign up, visit our page – Increasing Freelance Sales Guide 


Freelance Gigs to Lucrative Business

Continuing our freelance series, we want you to make the most of freelancing. Going from gig to gig and client to client is fine but you have so many opportunities to make freelance business expansionit something bigger. You can turn this into a full business that earns really well (without it solely depending on your sales and execution).

In this guide, we get serious about freelancing and formulate all the ways to turn this into something much more lucrative to you as business owner. Specifically, we’ll cover…

  • Performing at your absolute best in the gigs themselves so you can establish a great reputation
  • Negotiating increasingly better deals during and after the gigs
  • All the business concepts and resources you’ll need to build your business

For more information or to sign up for this guide, visit our page at Freelance Gigs to Lucrative Business Guide


1 on 1 Statistics Help For You

No matter what you choose to learn and how you use that learning, we want to help you accomplish you professional goals. All these career services guides can be very helpful Reverse Tide blogbut are also a bit generic. Which means the only thing left is working with you directly!

We allocate a small number of slots each day to working with the Reverse Tide community directly. Among the services we offer…

  • Helping you learn statistics 1 on 1 (custom learning for your specific goals)
  • Helping you apply for statistics or other industry jobs or submit freelance applications
  • Resume reviews, professional portfolio or cover letter reviews, and mock interviews. Get your specific materials in the best possible state!
  • Any custom career topics you need help with. We’re here to help and coach you to success

For more information or to sign up for a time slot today, visit our page Reverse Tide Personalized Career Services

IV. CONTINUING EDUCATION

No matter what career you pursue or how you utilize your learningstatistics knowledge, your learning shouldn’t stop here. Good professionals will continue their education on a perpetual basis. So we want to get you started with some of the best sources in this subject, across many different mediums.

The best way to continue your education is to subscribe to each of these different sources and then consume them in your own time. Here are the ones we like most for Statistics…


Websites/Blogs

Introduction… There are many websites dedicated to the latest news, perspectives, and analysis in statistics related topics. In these sites, you will find some of the most prominent names in the industry and are well worth following.

For each, you can choose how to subscribe to their content. Sign up for their RSS feed, email list, or social media accounts and you’ll get a regular dose of high quality content.

Here are our favorites…

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    FiveThirtyEight

    From the widely respected Nate Silver, this site gives all kinds of statistical analysis articles on entertainment, sports, politics, and more. This is statistics for the most mainstream and topical subjects

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    Gallup

    Gallup is one of the leaders in surveys, polls, and other statistical research on important societal topics. You can learn a lot through their methods, visuals, and results. This is the gold standard in the industry

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    Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science

    This blog written by Andrew Gelman is one of the most widely respected in the industry. He provides some interesting perspectives and learnings on everything in the world of statistics. 

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    Simply Statistics

    This is another great blog and provides commentary on a variety of statistical topics

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    The Analysis Factor

    This blog is great but differs from the others, as the content is more educational. But they are really helpful topics to anyone in a statistics profession

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Podcasts

Introduction… Podcasts are one of the best ways to continually learn new content. With each, simply subscribe to their channel and then listen in the car, on the train, while going for a walk, or working out. There is some outstanding content in this subject and it’s an effortless way to learn…

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    More of Less: Behind the Stats

    A lot of really interesting topics are discussed here and all have statistics in common

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    Stats and Stories

    Another really good statistics podcast

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Books

Introduction… While this is not the easiest way to learn statistics, there are some interesting books on the subject. We prefer courses to learn the fundamentals and then the advanced data topics later on (since you’ll be on your computer anyway). However, we think books are a great way to reinforce how you can use statistics to solve real life issues. So our suggestions are not learning materials but focus on ways to apply statistics in the modern world. Here are our three favorites… 

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    Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    This is a great book for beginners that are trying to understand how statistics can be applied to the real world. A highly rated book that makes the subject fun

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    The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t

    This is Nate Silver’s famous book and is highly rated for making statistics digestable for the average person. A lot to be learned even for people already in the industry

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    Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    This is one of the most famous statistics/data books every written and has led to several sequels and a podcast. Using the power of data, the authors make some interesting observations about household topics. While they don’t discuss statistical methods, it shows what statistics are capable of helping us learn

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Forums

Introduction… Forums or message boards are a great way to learn statistics more collaboratively. You can ask questions about your studies or job scenarios, get advice on technical subjects, or read along and learn from your peers. There are a lot of good options for statistics and data subjects. Here are our favorites…

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    Talk Stats

    This is probably the most widely used stats forum on the internet. They have so many subjects being discussed and can serve as a personal tutor if you make use of the community to answer your questions. Outstanding learning resource if used often

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    Statistics subreddit 

    Reddit has a strong community within the statistics and data topics. This is less about homework help and more about discussions within the subject. Explore the rest of Reddit, as there are other good subreddits within this topic

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Technology

Introduction… As you advance deeper into statistics and probably data science/analysis, you will start to interact with technology. In our learning page, we suggested starting with Excel. However, specialists in statistics will utilize much more advanced technology. It just depends on how you specialize.

If you specialize in data architecture, mining, analysis, or visualization, you’ll have completely different tools. And if you go into a specific industry, they may have their own technology solutions. To make a long story shorter, you’re soon going to focus much more on technical skills.

The next logical step to get immersed in statistics technology is to take Reverse Tide’s Data & Analysis Learning Path. We will help you learn all the most widely used statistical applications. To get started, click the link above! 

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