Statistical Thinking

Welcome to, the blog and tutorial site for Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (QMER) learning community. The goals of QMER include provide knowledge and support for students who desire to conduct high quality research. To reach the main QMER webpage go to

Overview of Website

This website contains blog posts, tutorials and other materials related to modern quantitative methods. While basic courses in statistics are essential to most graduate programs, they generally are not sufficient to prepare researchers to advance modern fields of inquiry, particularly on the cutting edge of modern empirical work. This site provides resources that not only build upon a researcher’s basic understanding of quantitative methods, but also provide access to such information after completing graduate course work.

There are a few basic ways to use this site. You can view our latest blog posts as you would the typical blog site by checking out the Posts tab. If you want to find posts by the type of methods covered, go to the Courses tab, which organized the materials around the way they are taught in graduate school. The content is the same, but the organization differs. There is also a tab for those interesting in learning the R programming language, which I use extensively on this site.


Maintained by:

William M. Murrah, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
College of Education, Auburn University