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Maths and Stats Week 2020

Maths and Stats Week

10 - 14 February 2020 (Week 6)

Book your place on sessions covering topics along the themes:

  • Succeeding in numerical reasoning tests
  • Analysing and interpreting statistics
  • Mathematics and statistics anxiety
  • Love and mathematics!

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Tuesday 11 February

10am: Preparing for Numerical Reasoning Tests

Preparing for Numerical Reasoning Tests
Maths Skills Centre
Tuesday 11 February
10am-12pm
LFA/015

Are you applying for jobs and would like some hints and tips for taking numerical reasoning tests? Do you need a refresher on percentages and ratios? Would you like to know how to interpret and answer these types of questions?

We will explore how to answer typical numerical reasoning test questions and point you to some useful resources. This will be a hands-on session involving you having a go at actual questions from up-to-date employer tests used for graduate recruitment with practical methods for solving problems in the quickest way.

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Wednesday 12 February

11am: How to learn statistics when you don’t want to

How to learn statistics when you don’t want to
Ellen Marshall, Sheffield Hallam University

Wednesday 12 February
11am-1pm 
SLB/211

If you have to learn or use statistics in your studies but are not fond of the subject, then this session is for you.

Ellen Marshall teaches statistics at Sheffield Hallam University and researches Maths and Statistics anxiety. She will explain these types of anxiety and the effects they have on learning statistics. Please come along and explore those negative feelings some people have towards statistics and be assured you will NOT be asked to do any statistics! If you are a statistics lecturer you may also find this session useful.

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1pm: Getting Started with SPSS

Getting Started with SPSS
Maths Skills Centre
Wednesday 12 February
1-3pm
B/R/012

This session is for people who have never used SPSS before or who want a refresher. You will learn how to get data in, quick ways of cleaning your data and how to create graphs in SPSS.

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1pm: DIGITAL WEDNESDAYS: Introduction to Coding

DIGITAL WEDNESDAYS: Introduction to Coding
Digital Skills Training
Wednesday 12 February
1-2pm
LFA/144 

This introductory session is for anyone who is new to writing computer programs or learning coding languages. We will cover:

  • How computers work and how this applies to programming
  • What are programming languages?
  • Key concepts in programming, such as variables, loops, and data types
  • How to get started with learning programming

This session is part of Digital Wednesdays, digital skills training offered by Library & IT Services.

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2pm: DIGITAL WEDNESDAYS: Data visualisation and infographics

DIGITAL WEDNESDAYS: Data visualisation and infographics
Digital Skills Training
Wednesday 12 February
2-4pm
LFA/144

How you present your data has a massive impact on audience understanding and engagement. Using different data visualisations can also provide you with new insights into your data findings. In this workshop we will cover the principles for working with data, from data cleaning to visualisation.

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3pm: Introduction to STATA

Introduction to STATA
Maths Skills Centre
Wednesday 12 February
3-5pm
B/R/012

This workshop will get you using STATA statistical software so you understand what the software is and the basics of the coding language used by STATA. In this introduction, you will look at data, clean data and run simple tests and graphs. No prior knowledge of computer coding needed to attend this session.

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Thursday 13 February

11am: Managing Questionnaire Data in SPSS

Managing Questionnaire Data in SPSS
Maths Skills Centre
Thursday 13 February
11am-12pm
ATB/042

This talk is for people who have never analysed questionnaire data in SPSS but will need to for their dissertation or other research project. Using example datasets, we will demonstrate getting data into SPSS, give practical advice on preparing data for analysis, share handy tips on calculating numbers that summarise the data and give advice on how you can decide what analyses are needed.

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3pm: R Markdown - Reproducible Analyses

R Markdown - Reproducible Analyses
Emma Rand, Department of Biology
Thursday 13 February
3-5pm
H/G/17

Use R? You'll want to learn R Markdown! Markdown allows you to edit text, test results and graphs in one programme, so no more importing graphs into Word. You can write all parts of your thesis or paper in R, have reproducible analyses and easily share code with collaborators or supervisors. This session is for people who are already using R statistical software.

Note: you must bring your own laptop (with RStudio installed) to the session.

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Friday 14 February

11am: Love is in the Air Maths

Love is in the Air Maths
Maths Skills Centre
Friday 14 February
11-11.40am
H/G/21

A light-hearted look at mathematics, love and the connections between them! Forget the roses, cards and chocolates as we investigate the relationship between mathematics and love. Come along as a singleton or bring your colleagues, partners and others!

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1pm: Starting a Career in Data Science

Starting a Career in Data Science
Kirstie Wailes-Newson
Friday 14 February
1-2pm
H/G/21

Find out what it's like to start out in the data analysis industry. After graduating from the University last year, Kirstie Wailes-Newson applied for a role as a data modelling analyst and now crunches numbers for a large national company.  Discover what a data scientist actually does day to day, how to successfully enter the industry and the trials and tribulations of a data modeller.

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