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What's the point of a point estimate?: Why statistics lectures confuse students

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In our December 2011 issue the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society set a competition open to all young statisticians. It was to write an article for Significance, explaining some aspect of statistics in terms that anyone, statistically knowledgeable or not, could understand and relate to. The standard was extremely high. Over the coming months we shall be publishing several of them, here and on our website, where a fuller report of the competition is also published. We chose five runners‐up: Ethan Brown, Kevin Wilson, Linda Wijlaars, Patrick Rhodes and Douglas VanDerwerken. Douglas's piece appears on page 40. This piece, by Danielle Morris, was judged the winner.

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