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The Information Age

As I type this up on my computer, the Internet has recently turned 25 years old. Prior to the Internet, we carried out statistics using paper and pen, working out averages and drawing graphs by hand.

With technology, averages, trends and data mining takes place by robots - pieces of software built into the Internet that scan user activity.

Whoever gets to grips with this information can target markets and consumers and predict the way forward. This is not an easy task and we have to first get to grips with the basics.

We need to know about RANGE, AVERAGE, SPREAD to get a basic understanding of the data. We need skills in PLOTS and GRAPHS. We need to be able to ANALYSE and REPORT.

These skills all require high level thinking processes to master. There are further aspects that require consideration like PROBABILITY, combinations and permutations.