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April 4th, 2017, 06:57 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Nov 2013 Posts: 29 Thanks: 1  What comes next?
Hey guys I'm a math major at a small university in first semester of my third year. I plan on going into statistics if this math thing does go as planned, so I'm trying to get as many statistics classes as possible. This semester I'm taking intro to mathematical statistics, which I enjoy because it bridged a gap in understanding which my elementary stats class left. Unfortunately, this is the highest stats class my university offers. There are two other stats classes but they are lower level and I think more computational. What I'm trying to figure out is what I can look up in my remaining time to advance my understanding of statistics. Any suggest topics? Last edited by skipjack; August 13th, 2017 at 10:26 AM. 
May 30th, 2017, 06:09 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2013 From: New York, USA Posts: 607 Thanks: 82 
Do you know what career you want and what statistics it requires? Two students could be Mathematics majors, take all of the same Mathematics courses, and get identical grades in each course, but get jobs that use different types of math and/or have salaries far apart. I used Probability and Statistical Inference by Robert V. Hogg and Elliot A. Tanis.
Last edited by EvanJ; May 30th, 2017 at 06:15 PM. 
August 13th, 2017, 09:58 AM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Apr 2016 From: New York Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 
Mathematics and statistics are two different categories. Mathematics deals with the exact calculations and proofs whereas statistics deals with approximate values and probabilities. Statistics is an interesting subject like maths. If you understand the method to do statistical calculations, then you could do it easily.

August 13th, 2017, 12:17 PM  #4 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,344 Thanks: 2466 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra  I'm not a statistician, but I wouldn't agree with this. Statistics is the mathematics of the characteristics of large data sets. There's nothing approximate about it. Approximation applies in the application of statistics to real data, because real data don't fit ideal distributions, but that a different story.
