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Special Topics in Biological Anthropology (Winter 2021) Topic: Statistics for Biological Anthropology

From pandemics to public policy, harm reduction to human geography, the ability to comprehend and work with quantitative data is rapidly becoming a key skill for professional and personal life in the twenty-first century. For social scientists in particular, being able to interpret, use, and critique quantitative information will be a valuable addition to your professional tool kit. 3BA3 Special Topics will be a friendly and practical introduction to statistics for anthropology students who have a minimal mathematics background. Students will learn to apply and interpret common statistical methods using R, a free, open-source statistical environment that is growing in popularity in many research fields, including biological anthropology. We will cover the arithmetic basis of commonly used statistics, with a focus on understanding which methods to use for what purpose, and how they can be applied to anthropological research questions.


Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): III Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes Language?: No

Elizabeth (Bess) Doyle

Assistant Professor and CLA

Prerequisite(s): Registration in any program in Anthropology