What's on the web? Statistics for medical students
- By: Samantha Chan
Mention statistics to the average medical student and chances are the response will be boredom tinged with trepidation. Yet, as doctors, we will encounter data analysed and presented in many different forms and must somehow make sense of it all.
The internet contains lots of statistical resources, including several complete textbooks. However, most of these are almost painful to read: “When the word ‘mean’ is used without a modifier, it can be assumed that it refers to the arithmetic mean….the formula in summation notation is μ=Sx/N,” says the Hyperstat Online Textbook (http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat), a comprehensive statistics text and more, which is, admittedly, not aimed at medical students. Each chapter links to other online texts, statistical instruments, and even amazon.com, where you can buy your very own copy of the recommended further reading.
STATS (www.childrens-mercy.org/stats/index.asp), or Steve's Attempt to Teach Statistics, is slightly easier to understand. Steve Simon, a statistics consultant at