In a thoughtful blog post, Bioinformatician Ewan Birney (Head of Nucleotide Data at the European Bioinformatics Institute) talks about the importance of Statistics to biologists:

Biology is really about stats. Indeed, the foundation of much of frequentist statistics – RA Fisher and colleagues – were totally motivated by biological problems.

He also cites the "Five statistical things I wished I had been taught 20 years ago". In order, they are:

- Non-parametric statistics
- R
- The problem of multiple testing
- The relationship between P-value, effect size, and sample size, and
- Linear models and PCA

Read Ewan's full post at the link below for his reasons why every biologist should learn about these five statistical things.

Bioinformatician at Large: Five statistical things I wished I had been taught 20 years ago (via @paulblaser)

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