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Here is my little rant. Statistics makes me cry. It really does. This is not an exaggerated statement whatsoever. It makes me cry out of mental exhaustion and physiological despair for how complex the concepts become, and how much pressure there is to pass with a minimum grade average. For a person who enjoys examining and discussing behavioral science theories and arguing about various philosophical notions, it's pretty much the worst thing next to doing math. Oh wait, it IS math. It's pure evil. Just when you begin to grasp the rules and ideas of a conceptual concept, five additional mathematical rules and conditions get dumped ontop of it. You never totally 'get' a concept. There is no such thing It keeps changing and evolving into something else and if you don't keep up, you become more lost than a white rabbit in a snowstorm. Don't even get me started on these statisticians who all use the same *^%@#$@ subscripts. YES there are more letters than just S, D, M, F and V. But they cease to exist in the world of stats. Anyways, Since I first undertook such a task, way back in May, I have cried enough times to count on two hands. For people like myself who thrive with analytical reasoning, argument formation, English composition and artistic expression, it really is the worst. There are endless amounts of memorization and step-following procedures. It is also full of detailed conceptual knowledge, which leaves you with no way to skirt around a question. You either get it, or you don't. No part marks for getting the calculations right. That doesn't matter in the academic world of research statistics. It is strenuous, grueling and takes the life out of you. I suppose at the end of the day, it's unfortunate as it has also slowly taken all the appeal out of going into behavioral science research or grad school for that matter. Perhaps once I pass this class my attitude will change. I'll leave that statement as my alternative hypothesis for now. Not going to bother to test for the power on that one. I will cease since I am now starting to make references to stats. Oh the hypocrisy.. :)
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