What you'll learn
- Recognize trends, detect outliers, and summarize data sets concisely
- Analyze relationships between variables
- Develop and test hypotheses to inform managerial decisions
- Craft sound survey questions and draw conclusions from samples of a larger population
- Estimate the accuracy of statistics by calculating confidence intervals
- Perform single and multiple variable regression analysis using Excel and interpret the output
Business Analytics is not based on rote memorization of equations or facts, but focuses on honing your understanding of key concepts, your managerial judgment, and your ability to apply course concepts to real business problems. This course begins with basic descriptive statistics and progresses to regression analysis. You’ll learn course concepts in the context of performing A/B testing on a website, using sampling to check warehouse inventory, predicting home video sales based on box office performance, and forecasting staffing needs for a hotel front desk. Throughout the course, you will receive clear guidance on how to implement analytical techniques in Excel. No matter your job function or career aspirations, this course will demystify data analysis and equip you with concrete skills to apply in your work or further studies.
Harvard Business School
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