The Annenberg Learner Collection



Overview – Against All Odds: Inside Statistics

Picking up where the original Against All Odds left off, the new series maintains the same emphasis on “doing” statistics. Each unit is based on a video module that introduces a statistical topic in real-world context and takes you on location to where people from all walks of life are using statistics in their work. Starting with descriptive statistics, the course continues through probability and inference. Examples range from finding patterns in lightning strikes, to examining possible generic resistance to deadly Lassa fever in West Africa, to linking DDT to the decline of peregrine falcons. Online interactive tools allow students to practice and use what they’ve learned.


  • What Is Statistics?
  • Stemplots
  • Histograms
  • Measures of Center
  • Boxplots
  • Standard Deviation
  • Normal Curves
  • Normal Calculations
  • Checking Assumption of Normality
  • Scatterplots
  • Fitting Lines to Data
  • Correlation
  • Two-Way Tables
  • The Question of Causation
  • Designing Experiments
  • Census and Sampling
  • Sample and Surveys
  • Introduction to Probability
  • Probability Models
  • Random Variables
  • Binomial Distributions
  • Sampling Distributions
  • Control Charts
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Tests of Significance
  • Small Sample Inference for One Mean
  • Comparing Two Means
  • Inference for Proportions
  • Inference for Two-Way Tables
  • Inference for Regression
  • One-Way ANOVA
  • Summary

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