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Moore Stat App

Have you ever tried to perform statistical modeling and you are clueless? Do you understand the implications of variable formats and types (nominal, ordinal, continuous, binomial)? Can you easily identify independent and dependent variables? I have created a native app which is in Google play and IOS. The app is called ‘Moorestat App’ and it helps you identify the formats of variables to determine the possible statistical models available. Down load it today!

50% off  (visit the shop for details) The user manual can be found in the shop.

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Statistics for the Math Illiterate

Recently , I published a book that will help people who struggle with math. The book is a short and sweet introduction to statistics. If you are about to take a course in statistics and you want a head start- the text is a good resource for your arsenal. And I will tell you why. There are hills and valleys in a statistics course. While calculating the mean is a piece of cake…hypothesis testing can be a steep and bumpy road. And you don’t want bumps and bruises along your journey. No. The average person wants to fulfill their statistics requirement and re-submerge back into civilization. ..not take it again…not hire a whole bunch of extra help. They just want the explanations to be clear and to the point. Cut through the b.s. and say what you mean…this book does that…-buy it

 

p.s. It’s free this week on Kindle

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Cloud Lifter

Are you struggling with statistical concepts? Can you have confidence issues when it comes to implementing what is in your statistics book? Do you have anyone who could listen to your logic and review your notes? One day I decided I will learn every chapter of my statistics  book.  I wasn’t in class. I had no upcoming exams. I just wanted to learn so I put an entire text book in my own words from cover to cover. And I had a great friend who was a statistician, he listened to my interpretation(s) of the concepts. I really cherish that time because it helped me clear-up a lot of confusion in my mind. Sometimes, we get into the habit of thinking that reading is learning. I believe that explaining what you understand is also a part of the process. If you can explain what you read to someone else, it forces you to put things in context for your brain. It gives your reading exercise purpose. I highly recommend it.

Recently, I created a new service that I call ‘Cloud Lifter’, a place where you can submit short paragraphs of statistical concepts in your own words. It is also a place where you can submit feedback on your practice quizzes purchased from my shop. The objective is not to give you a letter grade for your work. The reward is that it helps to clear up the inaccuracies in your logic. If you had a hard time visualizing what you are reading- Cloud lifter is for you. Talk it out…get a better picture of your view…gain confidence in your learning process.

Visit the tab on the home page labeled ‘Cloud Lifter’.

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My First Book on Amazon

You ever find yourself in a class that requires some form of statistical programming software and you barely statistics? I can count the number of times someone has said to me ‘I have this homework assignment and I do not know statistics nor the software language’. It is very frustrating to take a course where you barely know your surroundings and you are expected to produce all of this knowledgeable output. I will never forget my first statistics class with software learning requirements. I was sitting in the computer lab at Rutgers with my snacks (got to have food). And I glanced at the homework assignment and froze because the homework assignment involved learning a computer language to complete the homework. And I eventually learned it. I got over that hurdle and I realized my calling in statistical programming languages. There are types of commands that will get you started with learning a statistical programming language in 20 minutes. The following is a short list:

  1. Learn the commands for reading data into the software. Every program has codes or features to assist with importing data. Reading in files should be the very first command that you teach yourself. There are plenty of resources out there for learning code.
  2. Learn the commands for performing frequency counts. You can google the commands for certain statistical output. It’s good to have in your arsenal for classes.
  3. Teach yourself scatter plots, histograms, and box-plot commands. Most classes will require you to know how to generate your own graphs. And some teachers may let you submit your work  any language.

 

I love the statistical programming arsenal at UCLA. I think whoever maintains that site really wants people to learn different languages.

I published a book on learning statistics by using statistical software, namely SPSS. The book covers basic data manipulation and programming techniques. It also explores why we use certain test statistics. If you are lost in your statistics course and statistical software is a requirement- this book will help you. Check it out!

Here is the link:  http://a.co/ajK1zfP

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Khan Academy

A moment ago I had a high-spirited conversation about the different resources that are available to students. Khan Academy is a really great on-line resource community. If you have a question about a topic, there is a video that will give you the help you need in a timely manner. I have seen the site recently and it is fully equipped with quizzes and diagnostics tests. Wonderful site for those of you that need a structured plan of attack when it comes to studying. The feedback for each test is associated with a score. And your objective is to obtain a particular number of points. You can measure your progress every step of the way. It is a very successful site. I have nothing negative to say about it. I am impressed with the Academy because they have automated a learning technique and it is working. And if it works for you that is great. At the end of the day, anything that produces good results in the classroom- I am all for it.

But I must let my potential clients know that I am not Khan Academy. My mission is not to deliver a common theme.  I do not have an automated system of teaching. My tutoring style is individualized learning. Listening to a student is an art form. Open your ears. What does the student understand about the topic? Has the student seen the inside pages of the text book? Do they have a calculator? How was their weekend? Why did they perform so terrible on their last homework?  Relating on a human level is still needed in the field of teaching. I take pride in getting to know my students. Sometimes people know the material and they just lack the confidence to do well.  I work hard to ensure the lesson was well-received and the student can prove to me that he or she ‘gets it’. Listening to the student is not a lost art form. There is a time to work on drills for a better understanding of the material. And then there is a place for those of you who just want to ‘talk it out’ with another human. That is what I offer through Moore Statistics Consulting LLC.

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Fourth of July

It’s Independence day!  Time for fireworks and barbeques! The temperature is just right for visiting your local beaches. Time to relax and reflect on our independence….right to choose…right to vote on what we believe in….Next month some of you will be in class. Others of you will be getting ready for the new semester.  A small few of you might be reflecting on your career options. September is near…there is no time like the present. You could learn a new programming language. You could brush-up on your skills. This may be a good time to start chapter 4 of your dissertation. Whatever you do- make it count. The summer will be over before we know it. Happy 4th!

 

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STATA

Recently I decided to organize a webinar to teach STATA. At first I was a little apprehensive because the last time I used STATA it required a lot of programming knowledge and I wasn’t up for the challenge. Back in the day, you had to know the exact code to import a file into STATA. You had remember the phrases and syntax for regression, descriptives, etc. It was a lot of work. And it wasn’t something you could just pick-up. Fast forward to this month…..

…There are a lot of improvements with the software. I am very impressed with it. It is very easy to perform statistical modeling in STATA. The interface allows you to pull the necessary codes for your purposes. You do not have to memorize endless strings of code. It reminds me of a hybrid between R and SPSS. It has the command prompt as you would see in R. And it gives you the statistical features of SPSS without having to know code. But the system gives you the option of learning it as you go…cool stuff!

I am giving a two hour mini-course in STATA on July 14th 2018. It’s a good opportunity to learn the language, possibly practice the code , and add something new to your resume.  It’s worth checking out!

 

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Announcement

I am trying something new this summer. If you follow the blogs on my site, you will remember a blog referring to an SPSS course. That class is currently running on-line and open to the general public for registration ending this Thursday. We are half a week into the course.It is asynchronous, meaning you can catch-up on your own time. I am also blessed to offer courses in the following topics:

  1. INTRO TO STATA
  2. INTRO TO R
  3. INTRO TO SAS
  4. MATH COURSE FOR ADULT LEARNERS
  5. OTHERS TO BE ANNOUNCED (TBD)

 

If you are interested please subscribe using the pop-up on the blog page. Thank you.

 

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Math Anxiety Solved

I tutor people of all ages and backgrounds. And I hear all sorts of explanations as to why they are having difficulty in the course. If I were to take a poll tomorrow, I would guess that the number one reason has to do with confidence. Let’s face it, if you are out of practice for years – you too would have a confidence issue. A few years ago I found myself in a Multivariate Calculus course. It felt like I just finished a  big Thanksgiving dinner just before I run the NYC marathon. You feel out of shape. You feel out of place. Heck..sitting in those tiny college seats is down right uncomfortable. And it doesn’t help that you are surrounded by young, vibrant peers who eat math for lunch, breakfast , and dinner. The confidence busters are endless. If the class is a requirement, your only alternative is to build your confidence. Here is a short list of ideas to prepare for your upcoming semester:

  1. Read before class. Something happens to the brain. I am not a psychologist or a doctor, I just know what happens to me. When I read before class, the WTH factor disappears. WTH= What the heck is he or she talking about? At least you know what’s coming. That’s half the battle.
  2. Get use to math again. Practice calculating basic algebra. Because (ironically) a lot of classes only require an ability to multiply, add, divide, and subtract. Think about it. Am I lying or what?
  3. Make friends in the class and form connections that will be dependable. Most of the time, the approachable students are the ones which exchange numbers and share knowledge. If someone stares in shock at  the thought of exchanging contact info- keep it moving. It has to be a valuable connection. Only the real ones get that fact.

 

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Short Lesson

When you run a logistic regression in SPSS, keep in mind what constitutes an event. I am speaking of the dependent variable where a value of ‘1’ is under study. You are calculating the odds of obtaining a ‘1’ . And it’s usually based off a secondary variables that has an exposed and unexposed group. Know what  the value ‘1’ represents because the interpretation depends on it. If the value represents the occurrence of something NOT happening you want to realize that BEFORE you do the interpretation. Becausr the software is not going to tell correct you.

Your logistic model is dependent on your definitions. If you start to interpret your odds and it does not make sense, revisit the definitions. The problem is not the odds ratio. For example, if your odds suggests that men get breast cancer more than women, we know to double check the dependent variable. There may be a chance that our definition of an event  (equal to one) is reversed making ‘0’ the event. The message here is to just check your work.

 

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