Monday, February 27, 2017

rStats Institute's "Guinness, Gossett, Student, and t Tests"

This is a nice video for introducing t-tests AND finally getting the story straight regarding William Gossett, Guinness Brewery, and why Gossett published under the famous Student pseudonym. What did I learn? Apparently, Gossett DID have Guinness' blessings to publish. Also, this story demonstrates statisticians working in Quality Assurance as the original t-tests were designed to determine the consistency in the hops used in the brewing process. Those jobs are still available in industry today.


Credit goes to the RStats Institute at Missouri State University. This group has created a bunch of other tutorial videos for statistics as well.

2 comments:

  1. This is great; I start teaching the t-test right around St. Patrick's Day and can use this video to make a connection...

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    1. I hope your students enjoyed this! I think it is fun for them because beer, but it also shows how statistics are used in a seemingly unrelated industry (beer).

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