# Producing Data From Population

Recall “The Big Picture,” the four-step process that encompasses statistics: data production, exploratory data analysis, probability, and inference. In the previous posts, we considered exploratory data analysis—the discovery of patterns in the raw data. First we need to choose the individuals from the population that will be included in the sample. Then, once we have chosen the individuals, we need to collect data from them. The first stage is called sampling, and the second stage is called study design. As we have seen, exploratory data analysis seeks to illuminate patterns in the data by summarizing the distributions of quantitative or categorical variables, … Continue reading Producing Data From Population