## Statistics and probability theory are closely related. Statistics can never prove things, only disprove them by ruling out hypotheses.

## Distinguish between

*model-independent*statistics (this class, e.g. mean, median, mode) and*model-dependent*statistics (next class, e.g. least-squares fitting).## Will make use of special functions (e.g. gamma function) described in

*NRiC*, Chapter 6.