Learning Statistics

not random numbers statistics textbook

I was invited to start writing a personal blog about my experiences with project management and STATISTICA. I have been an employee since 2005 and have worked on very diverse project types.

Some projects were two weeks. Some projects lasted almost 2 years. They were for StatSoft customers and for StatSoft internal use.

In 2009, I worked on a project to migrate the StatSoft Electronic Statistics Textbook (EST) from HTML pages into a Content Management System (CMS). In many ways this was a “StatSoft internal” project. We wanted an easier method to update pages and track changes.

The project itself was easy to plan and easy to execute. We had about 200 pages to move from HTML into a CMS.

The most interesting point about this project was the actual book.

This online statistics textbook has been available since at least 1997. I found a copy of a few pages on the WayBack Machine. These 1997 pages supported the AOL browser and Netscape 2.0 browser. This was the year that Internet Explorer 4.0 was released, and Windows 95 was the common operating system.

EST visitors now use Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, or 9, FireFox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari. And they visit us from their phones; Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Nokia, etc. They visit us from other devices: iTouch, iPad, Nook, Playstation 3. (I don’t know why, but I am amused by the Playstation 3 visitors. Maybe these are college students?)

During this project, I discovered that StatSoft management had offered this textbook online as a public service. This book was developed from Dr. Paul Lewicki and Dr. Thomas Hill’s teaching experiences at The University of Tulsa. Both are part of the senior management at StatSoft.

Understanding statistics are important to all of us. Statistics surrounds our daily lives. It impacts:

  • the medication we take
  • the education system our children attend
  • the food we eat
  • the cars we drive
  • the air we breath

I was fascinated and stunned by how many people use the EST.

There are hundreds of thousands of pages that reference the EST. It is used by many universities to teach statistics.

Wikipedia editors see the EST as an expert source of materials. They use different pages as references.

Google Books can find 390 printed books that use the EST as a reference.

The EST is used as references in patents.

Thousands of scholarly papers reference the EST.

When I search for EST hyperlinks in Facebook and Twitter, there are always people talking about the book.

And the EST wins different awards and recommendations. It was recommended by  Encyclopedia Britannica for learning about statistics. Recently, we won a Best of Web award. EST got the highest rating (Cons = None).

About statsoftsa

StatSoft, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is now one of the largest global providers of analytic software worldwide. StatSoft is also the largest manufacturer of enterprise-wide quality control and improvement software systems in the world, and the only company capable of supporting its QC products worldwide, with wholly owned subsidiaries in all major markets (StatSoft has 23 full-service offices, on all continents), and its software is available in more than 10 languages.

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