Activity 4: Rs, Ps, and Other Things


Definitions and examples of r-values and p-values only go so far when understanding these concepts. Familiarity with other common statistical terms will help you as you progress through college. 

Using the library or the Internet, construct your own versions of definitions and examples of r-values and p-values. As you search for more interesting definitions and examples, collect and read an article or research study that uses these terms. As you read the article or study, make a list of four or five other terms that are used. Find definitions and explanations for these also.

For example, look for common terms such as population, sample, regression, and distribution. You might also want to consider terms that you see used in the newspaper or in textbooks that you don't fully understand. Use this as an opportunity to become a more active reader as well as a chance to learn more about basic statistical concepts. 

Then, compare your new definitions and examples with a classmate's or friend's. Are they similar? Do you have a common understanding of these terms? What other terms have you chosen to find and define? Why are they useful?


Note: A downloadable RTF of this worksheet is included on the left sidebar of this page.


My r-value definition and example:




My p-value definition and example:




Definitions and examples of other statistical terms: