You will practice calculating and choosing summary statistics, quantiles and confidence intervals.

Learning Outcomes

By actively following the lecture and practical and carrying out the independent study the successful student will be able to:

  • Explain the properties of ‘normal distributions’ and their use in statistics (MLO 1 and 2)
  • Define, select and calculate with R probabilities, quantiles and confidence intervals (MLO 3 and 4)


Workshops are not a test. It is expected that you often don’t know how to start, make a lot of mistakes and need help. Do not be put off and don’t let what you can not do interfere with what you can do. You will benefit from collaborating with others and/or discussing your results.

The lectures and the workshops are closely integrated and it is expected that you are familar with the lecture content before the workshop. You need not understand every detail as the workshop should build and consolidate your understanding. You may wish to refer to the slides as you work through the workshop schedule.


Calculating summary statistics, probabilities and confidence intervals: pdf (recommended) / pptx