Welcome to LearnStats

Hello, and welcome to LearnStats! LearnStats is a friendly, introductory course in statistics.

We're going to be spending some time together, so let me say a bit about myself and my approach to the course.

About me

I'm Willie Wheeler, and I'll be your coach for this course. I'm a software engineer who loves math, and especially probability and statistics. In my daily work, I use statistical methods to generate forecasts and to figure out whether my employer's web sites are having operational problems. It is fun, challenging and interesting work.

I blog at medium.com/wwblog, mostly on statsy stuff like time series analysis and anomaly detection.

About the course

Though I love statistics, most people are trying to learn the core concepts and skills without getting too heavy into theory. If that's you, then you've come to the right place. We won't shy away from the actual mathematics and notation. And occasionally I'll veer off to mention something more advanced for learners who want that extra information, but that's always optional material. We'll keep it casual, and we'll use lots of visuals to highlight the key ideas.

Another important part of this course is that we provide lots of links to tutorials based on various software tools and languages, including Microsoft Excel, Python and R. They're all popular tools for doing statistics and data science.

Ready to begin?