# Tag «Statistics Summer»

## Understanding Data – the measure

We need to talk about what might be considered the “back end” of statistics. That is, how did the data come to be? Types of Observations Data is simply a collection of variables, grouped by observation.  In health care, the observation is usually a “case” or a “person”. Researchers make each observation in a variety …

## Descriptive Statistics

Most of the research we are interested in as midwives is inferential – meaning we draw conclusions about a group of people based on the results.  However, descriptive statistics are still very helpful. Descriptive statistics help us organize and summarize information.  For example, the number of births attended by midwives is a descriptive statistic. We …

## Understanding Data – the variable

A big part of understanding the statistics in research is understanding what is behind the data. What the data actually is, and how you obtain the data determine the types of statistical tests you will use. If you have been reading research, you probably already have an idea about most of the terms we will …

## What is Statistics

When I first began to read original research papers, I would skim over the statistical part to get to the conclusions.  I understood statistics enough to tell if group A and B were different, and since the rest didn’t make sense to me I skipped it. I’m a little wiser now, and have a strong …