Johnny Takes on Stats for Informatics: Simple steps in Hypothesis Tests

Dahlia Hegab, Sonny Lin and Vijay Krishna Palepu

Abstract

Abstract

At many universities, graduates students, researchers, and faculty engage in research projects without having a keen grasp of statistical concepts and methods. We introduce a novel application titled Johnny Takes on Stats in Informatics, in an attempt to succinctly and clearly define relevant concepts in statistics that become crucial to conducting research in an accurate manner. We draw on storytelling narratives, such as those used in Rapunsel (www.rapunsel.org) and Alice 3D (www.alice.org), while integrating a JS application designed to walk researchers through the process of using on-line tools (here we use Google Trends) and data set files to analyze statistical information found on-line. We cite potential causes of concern in using data sets from Google Trends (and similar data set providers) and discuss future considerations for statistical learning applications such as Johnny Takes on Stats in Informatics.