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Why Use Mathematical and Statistical Models

Mathematical Models

There are several situations in which mathematical models can be used very effectively in introductory education.

Statistical Models

A solid statistical background is very important in the sciences. But the extent to which statistical ideas are appropriate in an introductory course depends on specific course objectives and the degree or institutional structure. Here we list several examples showing why and when statistical models are useful.

NOAA PMEL predictions for winter El Nino climate changes based on a statistical analysis of data.


Statistical models or basic statistics can be used:


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