11min 22sec @TheCrashCourse clip – The Shape of #Data: #Distributions : Crash Course Statistics #7

Text from youtube “When collecting data to make observations about the world it usually just isn’t possible to collect ALL THE DATA. So instead of asking every single person about student loan debt for instance we take a sample of the population, and then use the shape of our samples to make inferences about the true underlying distribution our data.

It turns out we can learn a lot about how something occurs, even if we don’t know the underlying process that causes it. Today, we’ll also introduce the normal (or bell) curve and talk about how we can learn some really useful things from a sample’s shape – like if an exam was particularly difficult, how often old faithful erupts, or if there are two types of runners that participate in marathons! ”