European Graduate College in Marine Sciences : Statistical methods

Statistical methods
Dr. Maria José Ruiz Chancho, University of Bremen
August 09 – 12, 2010, Bremen

Objectives
Statistical methods are widely used in the geosciences to analyze data in a systematic and quantitative way. Specifically, statistical methods offer the only means to test scientific hypotheses quantitatively. The theory and computation behind statistical methods may seem highly demanding to the non-expert, but their strategy, applicability and meaning in a given earth scientific context can usually be grasped in a practical and intuitive way. Thanks to existing powerful and user-friendly software packages, the most complex statistical techniques are easily accessible – a chance as well as a danger for every eager practitioner. This introductory course will take a ‘hands-on’ approach to statistics by briefly introducing and applying statistical methods, which are often used in geosciences.

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