When the age of the Vikings came to a close, they must have sensed it. Probably, they gathered together one evening, slapped each other on the back and said, «Hey, good job.»
During the last couple of years, I have been giving lectures in statistics and methods for user research. In short, giving the necessary knowledge to students of media and computer science to conduct user studies (actually empirical research). This includes everything from the basics in (empirical) science, visualizations, theories, literature research, measuring and scale levels, research designs, samples, study/evaluation planning, ethics, data collection methods (asking questions via surveys and interviews, behavior observation, further methods), analysis, up to writing of research reports.
But — as of today — I am no longer responsible for this course ( 🙁 ). How was it, «I’m not surprised but a bit disappointed». Anyway. I think the script I’ve developed (and written almost exclusively in my spare time — yeah, I love the topic) is too good to be discarded. So I’ll post it here.
And yeah, I’ve tried to make the topic an interesting read, because Statistics and Methods is something that seems dry and «very theoretical», but is actually very, very useful.
Note that this is a script that was made with a lecture in mind. It is not for commercial use or for publication. I’ve cited what I’ve used (and I expect the same), so I have a clear conscience when it comes to academic work, but it’s not something for publication. I’d normally wouldn’t have put it here, except I’m out of options. I would have loved to do a few iterations on it, but, yeah. Yeah.
I’ll probably do an improved version in English, but that might take a while.