Minitab Blog Posts for Learning Statistics

learningStatistics can be difficult and intimidating—but it can also be fun and exciting. Minitab’s specialists in statistics and quality improvement seek to make statistics more accessible by sharing their insights and experiences online through the Minitab Blog.

If you're teaching or learning statistics, the following blog posts explain critical statistical concepts and demonstrate how various tools and methods can be used to answer a variety of questions and solve interesting or unusual problems.

There's much more to read on the Minitab Blog, so use the search bar to find specific subjects, or visit the Minitab Blog home page to see the newest posts.

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Graphs & Tally

A Statistical History of the Super Bowl


Graph Quest: How to Show that Life on Venus Is Safer than Life on Mars

Pareto Chart

Where to find meteorites, the Pareto chart way

General Probability

Any Chance We Share a Birthday?

Binomial and Geometric Probabilities

Flu Shot Followup: Assessing the Long-Term Benefits of Flu Vaccination

Normal Distribution and Variations

Normal: The Kevin Bacon of Distributions

Central Limit Theorem

Explaining the Central Limit Theorem with Bunnies & Dragons

Paired t-test

Is the "Madden Curse" Real?

2 Sample t-test and Paired t-test

T for 2. Should I Use a Paired t or a 2-sample t?

Wilcoxon Test and 2 Variance Test

Using Hypothesis Tests to Bust Myths about the Battle of the Sexes

1 Proportion and Sample Size

The Gentleman Tasting Coffee: A Variation on Fisher’s Famous Experiment

Chi Square Test

Using Data Analysis to Assess Fatality Rates in Star Trek: The Original Series


Real-life Data Analysis: How Many Licks to the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop?


A Statistical Look at How Turnovers Impacted the NFL Season

Great Presidents Revisited: Does History Provide a Different Perspective?

Regression and Simpson's Paradox

Optical Illusions, Zen Koans, and Simpson’s Paradox

Binary Logistic Fitted Line Plot

Revisiting the Relationship between Rushing and NFL Wins with Binary Fitted Line Plots

Design of Experiments (DOE)

Holiday Baking: Using DOE to Bake a Better Cookie

P and U Charts

P and U Charts and Limburger Cheese: A Smelly Combination

Time Series Analysis

Trend Analysis: Super Bowl Ticket Prices

Looking at Past Weather Data with Time Series Plots