In this course and throughout this project I have learned how to compare data to see if there is a significance between two or more variables in a data set. I learned the difference and importance of utilizing different tests to compare data. This course has taught me how to properly interpret and run z-scores, the proper use and calculation of confidence intervals, how to interpret and run T-tests, how to run and interpret ANOVAs, how to run both types of chi-squares, how to interpret and formulate Pearson’s Correlations, and how to interpret regression and how to plot a regression chart.

This course has taught me how to properly use the R software to run the statistical analysis tests and how to interpret the output that is given by the program, as well as the importance of having software like what has been shown when analyzing a data set with many variables and answers. I have also learned how to use IBM’s SPSS software and how to input data, run tests, and interpret the output. I learned the pros and cons of both of these software and which one is easier to use to have quicker outputs.

All of this statistical analysis through sociology is important because the use of these formulas and tests allows us to see the impact of certain independent variables on a group, and what impact it has on the group. Sociological statistical analysis is important so that as a society it is possible to understand the impact of sociological change and the sociological differences between people. These differences could be used to find trends in education, occupation, and criminal offending.

The analysis of variables across schools, after-school programs, and the presence of role models in a child’s life can be used to see the child’s likelihood of attending college or the achievement of higher grades. The use of these variables can be used to see what variables make an individual more likely to become a criminal offender.

Statistical analysis, by itself, is important because it allows for the comparison of product reviews, analyzing what is a pro and what is a con for a specific product. It could also be used in the sense of park management, showing the enjoyment compared with the age range and what could be added to increase the enjoyment of all ages.

With the information that I have learned in this class, I will be able to offer my future employers a background in statistical analysis to see if a product, service, or area could be or should be changed to fit public demand. I would also be able to use my knowledge to compare potential surveys taken from the public and run the data received to answer questions on the outcome of the surveys.