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The objective of this course is to provide the students with the knowledge and understanding of statistical concepts and tools such as measures of location, dispersion, correlation and inequality in such a way to be able to summarize data visually and numerically also reporting and commenting data from main sources as Official statistics agencies and online databases. The students will also learn how to conduct data analysis with Excel. 

Knowledge and understanding

The student will learn the following: 

1) calculate and apply measures of location and measures of dispersion for grouped and ungrouped data. 

2) graphically display data 

3) evaluate the strength of the relationship between two variables considering different types of variables 

4) measure and evaluate inequality 

5) surf the main data sources websites and online databases 

Applying knowledge and understanding

Summarize data visually and numerically, reporting and commenting data form various sources. Ability to read and interpret a report containing statistical analysis, tables and figures. Search, download and manipulate data from the main data sources websites and online databases 

Further expected learning outcomes:

  • Making judgements: Students will be able to draw conclusions from their analysis and to critically comment on others’. 

  • Communication skills: Students will be able to clearly communicate both orally and in writing to a range of audiences: both experts and non-experts. 

  • Learning skills: Students will be able to use and merge information from different sources: books, reports, scientific papers 


Basics descriptive statistics tools both univariate and bivariate. Measures of location and their properties (mean, median, mode, etc). Measure of variability and their properties (variance, standard deviation, interquartile range, etc). Measures of skewness, Plots and graphs. The “five values” and the boxplot. Measures of inequality (Gini's index and Lorentz curve, Theil’s index). Correlation analysis. 

Main Data sources. Official statistics sources and online databases: ISTAT, Eurostat, World Bank, UN, WHO, etc. 

Data manipulation and data analysis with Excel. 


Recommended textbooks:

Any basic statistics book. 

Material prepared by the teacher will be also available. 


Learning results to be verified

Ability to summarize data and commenting main findings. 

Assessment method

Written and oral examination

Numerical exercises

Open questions 

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