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Foundations of Probability in R

In this course, you'll learn about the concepts of random variables, distributions, and conditioning.

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Probability is the study of making predictions about random phenomena. In this course, you'll learn about the concepts of random variables, distributions, and conditioning, using the example of coin flips. You'll also gain intuition for how to solve probability problems through random simulation. These principles will help you understand statistical inference and can be applied to draw conclusions from data.

  1. 1

    The binomial distribution


    One of the simplest and most common examples of a random phenomenon is a coin flip: an event that is either "yes" or "no" with some probability. Here you'll learn about the binomial distribution, which describes the behavior of a combination of yes/no trials and how to predict and simulate its behavior.

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    Flipping coins in R
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    Simulating coin flips
    100 xp
    Simulating draws from a binomial
    100 xp
    Density and cumulative density
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    Calculating density of a binomial
    100 xp
    Calculating cumulative density of a binomial
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    Varying the number of trials
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    Expected value and variance
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    Calculating the expected value
    100 xp
    Calculating the variance
    100 xp
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    Bayesian statistics

    Bayesian statistics is a mathematically rigorous method for updating your beliefs based on evidence. In this chapter, you'll learn to apply Bayes' theorem to draw conclusions about whether a coin is fair or biased, and back it up with simulations.

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Dave is the Principal Data Scientist at Heap. He has worked as a data scientist at DataCamp and Stack Overflow, and received his PhD in Quantitative and Computational Biology from Princeton University. Follow him at @drob on Twitter or on his blog, Variance Explained.
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