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What Every Developer Should Know About Statistics

Regular Session

At some point in your career as an IT professional, you will likely be required to do something involving data, whether that's managing it, analyzing it, or presenting it to others. Basic applied statistics and data concepts for IT professionals do not need to be complicated, but they can still be complex and require due care and forethought.

In this session, I will cover the fundamentals of statistics with a focus on what you need to know to use data properly as an IT professional, including terminology, assumptions, basic analyses, and common mistakes and how to avoid them. Specific topics to be covered include:

  • Measures of central tendency
  • Understanding probability
  • Variability and distributions
  • Common inferential statistics
  • Data visualization dos and don’ts

This session IS: intended for anyone involved in IT or the software development process to help you understand the mindset behind planning and conducting data analyses. No prior statistical or programming knowledge is required.

This session IS NOT: in-depth coverage of any one topic or of any advanced analytic areas such as data mining. This is meant to be a general overview of the considerations of data analysis, and any one of these topics could be a session by itself.

Laura Williams

Software Developer
Composable Systems


A software development conference in the Louisville, KY area on designed to cover all aspects of software development regardless of development stack.

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