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is there a way to try out for biostatistic?

I think I want to be a biostatistician, I wonder if there's online class/ program/ book or anything I could read or try out for a while?

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I graduated from biomedical science (BS) back in May 2022, my school is just a generic state school ( University of Akron located at Akron, Ohio ). During the last few semester of my program I found out I was interested in biostatistic, but I never got to take the biostatistic class due to faculty layoff. However, I did toke statistic for engineer class, and I did ok in the class.

thank you for your advice!

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Archived’s Answer

Statistics for biology, and for experiments in general, is a very difficult area to master. For a good introduction, there is a free book entitled "Handbook of Biological Statistics", see the document at https://www.biostathandbook.com/HandbookBioStatThird.pdf
However, if you have not taken a probability course with some basic statistics, this book may be too difficult for you.
For a free introductory book on probability see, https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/21 (the first 9 sections should be sufficient).
There is also a free intro to statistics (that has some basic probability coverage), see https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/459

Hopefully, I have not scared you off. The effort in learning these topics will be worth it. Many companies (e.g., food, drug, manufacturing, research labs at universities) need statisticians.
Thank you comment icon This was super helpful, thank you! Li
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Mitchell’s Answer

Li,

It's a broad field, so I'd suggest first thing is pin down your interests. What sort of problems tweak your curiosity? Are you interested in the applications or the theory or both?

Perhaps browse topics on Wikipedia or StackOverflow. See what makes you want to keep reading and see what references come up.

Once you've sharpened your focus, you can look for courses, texts or tutorials.

Good luck!

Mitch
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