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Course Statistical Literacy – Mastering Statistics

This hands-on online course in statistics provides a suite of tools that guide you to meaningful conclusions based on data.

Statistical Literacy – Workshop for researchers and data scientists

Expert Rick Scavetta gives this online course as a refresher and introduction for early-stage researchers and data scientists. It assumes no prior experience in statistics and aims to provide the foundation to become statistically literate.

Join this comprehensive workshop to properly understand and use statistics as a part of your scientific inquiry!

All online workshops will be available soon for academic research institutes, businesses and individuals.

Statistical Literacy class – What you'll learn

Collecting data

  • Defining hypotheses
  • Random sampling
  • Sampling bias
  • Systematic error versus random error
  • Understanding the scientific process and the role of statistics
  • The process of conducting statistics, which acts as a guide for the rest of the workshop

Describing data

  • Understanding the different types of variables
  • Different measurements for location and spread
  • Matching location and spread measurements
  • Understanding the link between descriptive statistics and more complex methods

Inferring from data

  • Commonly used probability distributions
  • Estimation and Hypothesis testing
  • Test statistics and p-values
  • Unifying concepts underlying different statistical tests, such as the signal-to-noise ratio
  • Variations of the t-test (one and two-sample, plus different conditions)
  • Fundamentals of Ordinary Least Squares linear regression
  • One-way ANOVA

Chi-squared and non-parametric tests are typically not covered given the time constraints but are dealt with thoroughly in the reference book.

This training in statistics is for you, because:

  • You are an early-stage researcher or data scientist and want to become statistically literate
  • You need a refresher to properly understand and use statistics as a part of your scientific inquiry
  • You’re a business professional and want to improve your skills to better your future career prospects

Preparation for Statistical Literacy and follow up

Prerequisites for the Statistical Literacy class

  • There are no prerequisites for this workshop. It is intended for researchers and data scientists and assumes no prior experience in statistics

Recommended follow-up

  • Data Analysis with R
  • Data Visualization with R
  • Scientific Writing

Meet your instructor
Rick Scavetta

“We believe in informed decision making, that’s why we help researchers master data literacy”

Rick Scavetta has worked as an independent workshop trainer, freelance data scientist and co-founder since 2012. Operating as Scavetta Academy, Rick has a close and recurring presence at primary research institutes all over Germany, including many Max Planck Institutes and Excellence Clusters, including primatology, earth sciences, marine biology, molecular genetics, and behavioral psychology. His online courses at DataCamp have been taken by over 200,000 students since 2016 and he’s also contributed to advanced data science courses for O’Reilly and Manning.

Statistical Literacy
Topics Overview

Flexible Online Course Packages for Statistical Literacy

Pay for only what you need or choose a customized offer for your organization.


Get access to all online course materials and learn at your own pace.

Per course licence
  • Acces to all online content
  • Books, video lessons and quizzes
  • Individual learning
  • Self-taught
  • Access to all future updates


Join our group e-learning sessions and get 1-on-1 time with your instructor.

Per course licence
  • Acces to all online content
  • Books, video lessons and quizzes
  • Open class, limited participants
  • Self-taught and 1-on-1 lesson
  • Live 1-on-1 Zoom Meetings
  • Exclusive training content
  • Access to members area
  • Access to all future updates

Multiple Seats

Buy multiple seats for your organisation. Participants learn in exclusive workshops.

Request customized offer for your individual group
Exclusive class licence
  • Acces to all online content
  • Books, video lessons and quizzes
  • Exclusive class
  • Maximum 12 participants
  • Self-taught and 1-on-1 lessons
  • Live 1-on-1 Zoom Meetings
  • Exclusive training content
  • Access to members area
  • Access to all future updates

On-demand training at your location

Invite the instructors of Scavetta Academy on-site for a customized course or workshop.
Statistical Literacy will be dedicated to the individual needs of your institute or company.

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Inspiration for our artwork

The drawings used throughout our website come from Ernst Haeckel’s Kunstformen der Natur, published between 1899 and 1904.

As an accomplished German naturalist and artist, Haeckel was already familiar to Rick Scavetta from his studies in Evolutionary Biology. When developing the company’s visual identity, Rick was drawn to these images for a number of reasons.

Kunstformen der Natur is one of the most influential works bridging the gap between science and art. This is reflected in the marriage of the hard and soft skills in every workshop, such as the presentation of difficult technical material in the Presentation Skills workshop. 

All our courses are soon available online

Join or buy course licenses

All courses will be soon available online for academic research institutes, enterprise clients and individuals. To join or buy course licenses, please fill out the form.

We will get back to you as quickly as possible and let you know when new seats in our courses become available.