# Can You Take Intro to Statistics Online?

A great college-level course in Statistics has just become available. It’s StraighterLine’s Business Statistics course.  You can take it online, and you can enroll today.

### Why You Should Study Statistics

“We've all heard the saying, `Statistics don't lie,’” writes Prof. Dipak K. Dey of the University of Connecticut. “Yet it's not uncommon to see statistics misused to prove a point . . .  every year we hear about some powerful interests misusing statistical data to prove a specific point.” Prof. Dey is saying that when you study Statistics, you become wiser and harder to fool. But there are other reasons to study Statistics too. It can equip you for success in many different fields, including these  . . .

• Accounting
• Banking
• Entertainment marketing
• Finance
• Forensic science and law enforcement
• Health care management
• Hospitality and hotel management
• Insurance underwriting and risk analysis
• Internet commerce
• Marketing
• Museum and facility management
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Website analytics and development

StraighterLine’s Introduction to Statistics course offers more than just the basics. After finishing the course, you will be able to . . .

• Apply principles of probability
• Calculate and interpret confidence
• Compute probabilities related to both discrete and continuous random variables
• Conduct and interpret hypothesis tests
• Differentiate between type I and type II errors
• Explain the purpose of measures of location, variability, and skewness
• Identify and analyze confidence intervals for means and proportions
• Identify and analyze sampling distributions for statistical inferences
• Identify and evaluate relationships between two variables using simple linear regression
• Use regression equations to make predictions

If you’re studying business statistics, here’s some good news for you. StraighterLine has added 50 instructional statistics videos to its YouTube channel.  They’re free, they’re great – and they’ll explain some pretty complex topics for you in just a few minutes. Be sure to check them all out – chances are that there is one that will help you tackle any problem you’re facing today. Here’s just a small selection . . .