It’s All About Uncertainty

  • Stephen P. GlasserEmail author
  • George Howard


This chapter is aimed at providing the foundation for common sense issues that underlie why and what statistics is, so it is not a math chapter, relax! We will start with the concepts of “the universe” and a “sample”, discuss the conceptual issues of estimation and hypothesis testing and put into context the question of how certain are we that a research result in the sample studied reflects what is true in the universe.


Estimation Hypothesis testing Statistical power Univariate statistics Multivariate statistics Bayesian analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Preventive MedicineUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biostatistics, School of Public HealthUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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