Why did you write Statistics101?
Julian Simon and Peter Bruce developed a language ("Resampling Stats")
and a computer program (also called "Resampling Stats") to allow anyone
to learn and use statistics through the method of simulation. But the
program is fairly expensive for students and the maintenance of the
program fell behind. I had purchased an early version of Resampling
Stats for my Macintosh, but when I "turned to the Dark Side" (Wintel)
some years later, I could no longer use the program. Eventually, I
decided to write a Resampling Stats clone and called it Statistics101.
I remembered my frustration during my Mac days whenever I ran across a
desirable program but discovered that it would only run on Windows. I
Statistics101 in Java because I wanted it to run on any computer,
especially on the Mac.
Why is Statistics101 free?
It is my desire to make Julian Simon's teaching method more available
to statistics teachers and students. I don't want cost to stand in the
way. So I decided to offer it as a gift to anyone who wants it. I hope
you use it and learn. If you would like to return the favor, you can do
Where can I find more information on the simulation approach to statistics?
Peter Bruce has a lot of good information about resampling on his website
, including many examples as well as Dr. Simon's complete book, Resampling: The New Statistics
, which you can read free online. I recommend reading the book and the examples on that site. If you are a teacher
you might be interested in reading the articles
on that site that discuss ways to integrate the resampling approach with the traditional approach to teaching statistics.
When I double-click on InstallStatistics101.jar I get an error
message saying "Windows cannot open this file... windows needs to know
what program created it."
This probably means that you do not have Java installed on your
computer. You can download the latest version of the Java Runtime
Environment (JRE) free of cost from Sun
or from Download.com
. Download the JRE from one of those sites and install it on your computer. That should resolve the problem.
I have installed Statistics101 (Linux, java from Sun) and it appears
to work properly. However, there are some minor problems. Instead of
icons in the menu bar I see only small gray squares. The icons are in
the folder /config but seemingly the program cannot find them. Also it
complains when I try to change the default folder for programs (in
menu: Edit/Preferences):"Could not store preferences file
config/preferences (No such file or directory)".
This probably means that you are not running the program from its
prefered working directory. Try cd-ing to the directory where the
Statistics101.jar file is and running it from that directory.