This is a general introduction to statistics in the form of an interactive online textbook, available for adaptation and reuse under an attribution-only licence. The site describes the book as "designed for the one-semester, introduction to statistics course and is geared toward students majoring in fields other than math or engineering. This text assumes students have been exposed to intermediate algebra, and it focuses on the applications of statistical knowledge rather than the theory behind it." The whole book or individual pages can be downloaded in e-book formats. OpenStax is a project hosted at Rice University and supported by a group of educational charities.
Video and Audio Lectures in Statistics for Economists
This department's YouTube channel has around a hundred videos, organised into playlists about international economics, macro principles, intermediate macro, and statistics for social and behavioural sciences.
This site, hosted by the UK-based academic Chris Longmore, comprises a series of 'screencasts' (live captures of a computer screen). Each screencast demonstrates software that will be useful to students and teachers. For example, Longmore shows how to create tables and perform statistical operations using the analysis software SPSS. His datasets are available for download. Other software includes E-Prime, SuperLab, and Blackboard. The videos vary in resolution and length. They require Apple Quicktime version 7. Although designed for first year Psychology students the videos should be useful for teachers, students and researchers of Economics as well.
Free site combining short video tutorials and online self-test quizzes. The videos can also be viewed in YouTube. The top-level topics are Independent and dependent events; Probability and combinatorics; Descriptive statistics; Random variables and probability distributions; Regression; and Inferential statistics. Each of these is broken down into dozens of points. There are also forums for asking questions related to the material.
This is a 21'24" talk about statistical fallacies, recorded in July 2005. It can be watched online or downloaded in a variety of formats.
Video lectures of various lengths, including a series of TED talks, showing how statistical data illuminate the development and welfare of countries.
These free course materials require a login, either via Google, Facebook or a Udacity account. They cover "Visualizing relationships in data", "Probability", "Estimation", "Outliers and Normal Distribution", "Inference", and "Regression". The "classroom" link takes you to a large number of short YouTube videos each explaining a different step. The "Materials" link takes you to detailed, line by line transcripts which can be downloaded as PDFs. These include some formative questions. As with other MOOCs, there is a forum for learners to discuss questions arising from the material.
These free course materials require a login, either via Google, Facebook or a Udacity account. The course is organised in six modules and aims to cover the basics of statistical research using everyday examples. The "Materials" button links to downloadable videos, an index of concepts and a booklet of notes. "Classroom" leads to a series of short videos with interactive features. As with other MOOCs, there is a forum where learners can discuss questions.
A large index of short YouTube videos created by Sousa as part of his Mathispower4u project. Each is a screen-capture with audio narration. Topics include voting theory, fair division, simple and compound interest, ways of describing quantitative data, probability, and percentages. The content is intended for a general, rather than economics-specific, audience.
YouTube channel with dozens of videos explaining statistical topics to a general (not necessarily economics) audience. Videos are short: typically less than eight minutes. They consist of screen-captured slide shows and were created from 2011 to 2013. They are organised into 18 chapters, from basic definitions to effect size.
Nearly sixty videos of varying lengths, in a narrated-slideshow format, with detailed tables of contents.
A free archive of short broadcasts on Radio 4 in which Harford and guests critically examine statistics that are in the news, whether political, scientific, or sometimes whimsical. Questions have included "Is population density the right measure to be looking at when working out how many refugees countries should take?" "Why don’t all the opinion polls give the same results?" and "Is it true that Greece failed to collect 89% of taxes in 2010?"
Among the interviewees are Nobel laureates Angus Deaton and Al Roth. Episodes can be listened to online, and in podcasting software it is possible to subscribe and automatically download new episodes.
Webcasts of 28 lectures from a course given in 2009, available freely through iTunes.