In this course, we will develop a statistical toolkit appropriate for anthropologists. The emphasis will be on practical data analysis and the development of a problem-solving approach to inference. Students taking the course will gain skills that significantly improve their ability to: (1) read quantitative arguments in an informed, critical way, (2) use computers to analyze anthropological data, (3) convey quantitative arguments in scholarly publications, (4) design research projects to generate data that can be analyzed quantitatively. No extensive prior knowledge of statistics or computers is assumed, but a reasonable background in anthropology and/or archaeology is. The course will require a substantial commitment of time, including extensive use of computers for analysis and presentation of work.
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