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ENV 210 (Stats)

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Instructor(s):  Dr. Song S. Qian

Units:  3

Semester Offered:  Fall


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Student Opinions

As a former TA of the class, I have several recommendations for incoming students. The key to success in this course is to come prepared. Allow me to repeat – before the first class meeting ever takes place, you need to have a solid foundation of the subject matter. Spend the summer studying or reviewing the fundamentals of statistics. I promise you, it will pay off for the rest of your life. I do not recommend using the course's textbook for preparation. Instead, find a book that delves into the theory in a simple to understand language and without all the statistical notations and jargon which plague and complicate most textbooks.

For my summer prep, I used and highly recommend Statistics by David Freedman, Robert Pisani, and Roger Purves (link). I religiously read through every chapter and solved all the problem sets throughout the text. I had very little knowledge of statistics at the beginning of my summer prior to starting Duke. The following summer, well after ENV 210 ended, I was asked to TA for the course. I attribute the delta to the time I dedicated to this book. On top of the fact that the book is easy to read and understand, it is also a lot of fun. I use it as reference to this day.

Good luck and happy prepping!

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