Basics of data science and statistics


This course is intended to provide the basic and PRACTICAL knowledge of statistics for those who are involved in managing, analysing and presenting quantitative information.

Its intent is to cover, using a simplified but rigorous approach, the lack of knowledge that usually have those that have not attended a proper academic training during university but, nevertheless, require to manage, analyse and present quantitative information.

During the course, some statistical tools will be used to show how to translate into immediate practical application the concepts presented.


CFOs, R&D, financial analysts, and anyone who need to analyse measures and KPI.


This training is also available as Tailored Training 1:1


Descriptive statistics

Categorical data (nominal, ordinal)

Describing and summarizing

  • Bar Chart
  • Pie Chart
  • Contingency Table

Scale (interval, ratio, continuous)

Summarizing continuous data

Central Tendency

  • Mode
  • Median
  • Mean


  • Range
  • Inter-quantile
  • Standard deviation

The Likert Scale

Inferential statistics


Sample and population

  • Representative sample
  • Probability sample
  • Non-probability sample

Independent (predictor) vs. dependent (outcome) variable

Operationalization – How to measure a concept or construct

Sample-statistic: estimating mean and standard deviation

  • Confidence interval
  • Confidence intervals for categorical data

Statistical Significance and Significance Testing

Research hypothesis

Test-statistic (estimate significance p<0.05)

Type of Errors

  • Type I error (false positive)
  • Type II error (false negative)

Measuring Effect Size

Concept of Power

Generalization, confidence and causality

The mechanic of inferential statistics

The normal distribution and the confidence interval


Use of Test Statistic to compute the Significance Test

How big is the sample for a test-statistic?

Analysing differences

Differences In the proportion of cases that fall into 2 different categories

Differences in the mean of two continuous variable

Analysing correlations

When to use

How a variable can predict another and how much of the variation of the variable can be explained by another

Identifying a small number of core theoretical variable

Correlation between 2 continuous variable or 1 continuous variable and 1 categorical dichotomous variable (Correlation and Simple Regression)

Moderation variables

Hierarchical analysis

Logistic regression

Using graphs to analyse data

  • Histogram
  • Pie chart
  • Bar chart
  • Frequency polygon
  • Skewed and Bimodal distribution
  • Scatter plot
  • Box and Whiskers


  • Duration: 2 days (9:30-17:30)
  • Calendar
  • Maximum 6 students per class
  • Price information: 1.200 CHF + VAT (1.000 CHF + VAT each for more than one subscriber from the same company)
  • Location: Via Pelli 13, 6900, Lugano

Tailored Training 1: 1

The Tailored Training 1: 1 represents an alternative to traditional inter-company classroom training. The Tailored Training 1: 1 is available for those courses that do not require group interaction.

The Tailored Training 1: 1 consists of:

  • A reduced but intensive duration compared to the corresponding classroom training: 1 day of coaching 1: 1 (9.30-17.30) instead of the 2-day course.
  • A videoconference follow-up /2h) after 2-3 weeks.
  • Same cost as the classroom training (*).
  • Delivery of the coaching at the customer’s office.
  • Greater flexibility on course planning.
  • Personalized training, according to the needs of the participant while respecting the structure and
  • contents of the proposed program.

* An additional transfer fee is considered for the lecturer if the client’s office is located outside the Lugano area.

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