Epidemiology and Statistics
This months article will look at epidemiological and statistical sites on the Internet. As always the sites mentioned is a hypertext link to the source of the information. The URL is provided for the main site only and any secondary links will not be mentioned. This article is best exploited by visiting the URL mentioned below.(http://www.vadscorner.com/internet11.html)
BMJ has a series of articles titled "Epidemiology for the Uninitiated" and "Statistics at Square One" in which basic epidemiology and statistics is a comprehensively covered.
Epidemiology for the Uninitiated ( http://www.bmj.com/about-bmj/resources-readers/publications/epidemiology-uninitiated ). The epidemiological topics covered include
1. What is epidemiology?
2. Quantifying disease in populations
3. Comparing disease rates
4. Measurement error and bias
5. Planning and conducting a survey
6. Ecological studies
7. Longitudinal studies
8. Case-control and cross sectional studies
9. Experimental studies
11. Outbreaks of disease
12. Reading epidemiological reports
13. Further reading
Other resources for epidemiology includes:The WWW Virtual Library: Medicine and Health: Epidemiology
Statistics at Square One ( http://www.bmj.com/collections/statsbk/index.dtl ) The statistical topics covered includes
1 Data display and summary
2 Mean and standard deviation
3 Populations and samples
4 Statements of probability and confidence intervals
5 Differences between means: type I and type II errors and power
6 Differences between percentages and paired alternatives
7 The t tests
8 The chi-squared tests
9 Exact probabilty test
10 Rank score tests
11 Correlation and regression
12 Survival analysis
13 Study design and choosing a statistical test
Other sources for statistical information includes
Home of SURFSTAT australia ( http://www.anu.edu.au/nceph/surfstat/surfstat-home/surfstat.html ) -- Department of Statistics Hyper-Textbook Library
Social Research Center: Knowledge Base ( http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/index.htm ) -- an online hypertext textbook on applied social research methods that covers everything you want to know about defining a research question, sampling, measurement, research design and data analysis.
Clay Helberg's "Statistics on the Web" ( http://www.claviusweb.net/statistics.shtml ) (Updated thanks to Jessica)-- Links to many kinds of statistics resources including teaching sites and statistical software. Pitfalls of Data Analysis (or How to Avoid Lies and Damned Lies) ( http://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=5&n=5 )
John Loadsmans Links ( http://www.virtual-anaesthesia-textbook.com/vat/statistics.html ) -- A summary of statistics resources
HyperStat Statistics text ( http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/index.html ) --This is a hypertext statistics textbook written by David Lane.
WWW Virtual Library Statistics ( http://www.stat.ufl.edu/vlib/statistics.html )
The Globally Accessible Statistical Procedures (GASP) Page ( http://www.stat.sc.edu/rsrch/gasp/ ) -- A collection of online statistical procedures, which you can access from your web browser. These are actual routines that take data (entered via a form) and return statistical results.
Epi-Info ( http://www.cdc.gov/epiinfo/ ) is a wonderful public domain database and statistical package written by CDC and available for download ( http://www.cdc.gov/epiinfo/downloads.htm ). Epi Info is a series of microcomputer programs for word processing, data management and epidemiologic analysis, designed for public health professionals. Epi Info is easy to use, but also offers programming languages for both data input and analysis so that permanent health information systems can be developed.
StatCrunch ( http://www.statcrunch.com/ ) -- A statistical computing package for the WWW.
SPSS Inc. (http://www.spss.com/) a comprehensive statistical package.
STATGRAPHICS ( http://www.statgraphics.com/ ) -- This page supports the STATGRAPHICS package for Windows.
Minitab (http://www.minitab.com/) -- Home page of Minitab statistical softwaare. Includes the standard product information, technical support, software macros, etc. See their extensive list of companion textbooks for use with their software.
Business Statistics on the Web ( http://www.crestcapital.com/tax/business_statistics.html ) - To understand business statistics, resources are available to assist businesses. (Thanks to Erika)
With that I let your "mouse" or your "keyboard" do the "talking".
Till next month, "Happy Surfing".
The links to URL mentioned above are valid at the time of writing (12 April 2009).
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Links last updated 5 Feb 2013