Biostatistics 1: Basic Concepts

M. Hassan Murad and Qian Shi

in Mayo Clinic Preventive Medicine and Public Health Board Review

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199743018
Published online June 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199929603 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Biostatistics 1: Basic Concepts

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Chapter 1 reviews basic concepts of biostatistics. Topics include descriptive data, probability and odds, estimation and sampling error, hypothesis testing, and power and sample size calculations. The discussion of descriptive data includes types of data (discrete vs continuous and nominal vs ordinal), central tendency (mean, median, and mode), skewed distributions, and measures of dispersion (range, variance, standard deviation). Probability and odds are broken down into laws of probability, odds, odds ratio, relative risk, and probability distribution. The examination of estimation and sampling error covers concepts such as random error, bias, standard error, point estimation, and interval estimation.

Chapter.  6012 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Epidemiology

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