## GCU Educative Discussion

GCU Educative Discussion

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As defined in our textbook descriptive statistics is a summary statement about a set of cases and inferential statistics uses a sample of cases to draw a conclusion about a population (Corty, 2016). Compare and contrast descriptive and inferential statistics: descriptive statistics sums up the total of the data that are grouped into variables than examines the values for each variable of data set and in inferential statistics the data is described beyond this by helping researchers draw a conclusion from a sample to a population set. (Guetterman, 2019). So basically, descriptive statistics is confined to a particular set of data and inferential statistics can generalize beyond the data (McGregor, 2018). Some common descriptive statistics used are measures of central tendency, and measures of variability and some common inferential statistics used are t tests, analysis of variance, correlation, and regression. Both are used in the analysis of public health data due to both having different types of measurements or approaches to complete/conduct research.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.