ANTHROPOLOGICAL STATISTICS I
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Instructor: Benjamin Auerbach, Ph.D.
Contact information: Office: 229 South Stadium Hall
Office hours: Wednesdays, 2 4 P.M. (or by appointment)
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays (11:10 A.M. 12:15 P.M.)
Location: 253 South Stadium Hall
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics."
- Mark Twain, Chapters from my Autobiography
Samuel Clemens' words of wit and wisdom are a strong warning: statistics can be conducted on
any set of numbers, but if the methods are used improperly, the results are meaningless. This
course is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of research design and analysis, so that
your research does not fall into that third category of potential falsehoods. (There's no help if
your research falls into the first two.) We will be focusing on understanding the limitations of
data collection and interpretation, as well as understanding when various statistical approaches
are appropriately applied to those data. In this endeavor, we will be discussing the methodologies