Every day, we are bombarded with statistics. Turn on a radio, television, or your computer and within five minutes of hearing or viewing a news story, you will be given some statistics about probability. It might be a story about health and the fact that 39,600 women will die from breast cancer in 2013, or that 35.8% of males between the ages of 65 and 74 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The news may be more uplifting, such as a certain technology product received a 94% approval rating, or that 56% of this year’s college graduates found jobs in their area of study within six months of graduation.
The fact is that numbers are very much a part of our lives. They convey all sorts of things, such as frequency, odds, probability, and a host of other variables that help us decide. Every time you click on your Facebook account, numbers in the background are recording where you go and what you see so that the aggregate of your experiences can be quantified. Why? So decision-makers can make more informed decisions about whatever it is they are exploring.
Explore any statistics you want. Using the Internet as your primary medium for collecting information, gather statistics about one of your favorite activities. It may be your social media account; it may be your favorite diet program; it may be your interest in demographics; it may even be your interest in your family tree; or how many other people watch your favorite television show.
Once you have gathered the statistics, identify the stakeholders, their possible interest in the statistics, and at least three key decisions they must make from the data. Defend your position with a rational explanation. The purpose of this assignment is to get you to think about the role that gathering numbers plays in our decision-making rationales and whether it is the “little stuff” or the “big stuff” in our lives.
The paper must be in APA format and include a cover page, abstract, discussion, conclusion, and references. Your paper should go beyond the obvious, be written at a graduate level, and must be at least 1,700 words in length. You must use at least three resources to support your position. Remember, all resources including, but not limited to, journals, magazines, and/or books must be properly cited using APA style.
Broder, J. F., & Tucker, E. (2012). Risk analysis and the security survey (4th ed.). Waltham, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann.