Knowing how one variable affects another is important in many instances in real life, from medical diagnoses to environmental impacts or financial trends. In this course, you will learn about dependent connections between variables, the possible cause(s) for such dependencies and how these are often misused in the media to make claims that are incorrect—particularly about how adopting one behaviour can cause something positive or negative to happen.
You'll Learn To
Solve a real problem using the computational thinking process
Define the problem precisely by using the terms correlation, dependence and cause correctly
Choose and apply real tools to calculate correlation coefficients
Interpret the results of the analysis and present an opinion based upon evidence
Be suspicious when zero correlation is found
Be wary of media reports that state “Doing X causes Y!”
ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE COURSE
This self-study resource is part of the Computer-Based Maths (CBM) project and works in the Wolfram Cloud. It's free and easy to get started using the Wolfram Cloud—sign in with your Wolfram ID or create one. No plan is required. This full interactive course includes video reviews, chapter quizzes and an independent project. A certificate of course completion is available (further certification will be available in the future).First time with our Computational Thinking modules? Please watch the video.