1. ## statistic

List and explain at least 3 instances where statistical data may be used to advantage in the construction industry.

2. Is this a maths question?

3. Originally Posted by Pterid
Is this a maths question?
it would appear so . maybe they're studying applications of statistics in their class. the professor may have gotten fed up with that age-old student question: "So how do we use this in real life?".

Anyway, it turns out that math questions are not the only kind that are asked here. I've seen biology questions, chemistry questions, physics questions, general science questions .... and the list goes on. and you know the thing is, all if not most of these questions were answered

4. Originally Posted by Jhevon
it would appear so . maybe they're studying applications of statistics in their class. the professor may have gotten fed up with that age-old student question: "So how do we use this in real life?".

Anyway, it turns out that math questions are not the only kind that are asked here. I've seen biology questions, chemistry questions, physics questions, general science questions .... and the list goes on. and you know the thing is, all if not most of these questions were answered
I guess so! Still, I wonder what kind of answer this question is looking for... perhaps statistical data on the expected loads a certain structure can survive before fracture? Or data regarding the economics of labour & transport... (I took some materials science courses which I'd expect to give me some idea, but I certainly don't work in the construction industry!)

5. Originally Posted by Pterid
I guess so! Still, I wonder what kind of answer this question is looking for... perhaps statistical data on the expected loads a certain structure can survive before fracture? Or data regarding the economics of labour & transport... (I took some materials science courses which I'd expect to give me some idea, but I certainly don't work in the construction industry!)
well, zak_killcity14 never specified. so i guess just come up with 3 instances and that's it. your first example could work i think...maybe. i dont know if that would be an application of statistics or physics, or something else

6. Originally Posted by Jhevon
"So how do we use this in real life?".
I think is would be funny if a student raises his hand and asks that question in an Algebraic Topology class! (There is none!)

7. Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
I think is would be funny if a student raises his hand and asks that question in an Algebraic Topology class! (There is none!)

well, i don't really know anything about topology, so i cant really make an intelligent comment on that. anyway, topolgy seems to be widely studied, why study it if it has no applications? maybe it's application is to explain things in other areas of math which has real life applications

8. Originally Posted by Jhevon
well, i don't really know anything about topology
Neither do I, but the point is that it is a complete abstraction.
so i cant really make an intelligent comment on that. anyway, topolgy seems to be widely studied, why study it if it has no applications? maybe it's application is to explain things in other areas of math which has real life applications
Much of these highly abstract maths are used to create foundations to other areas of mathematics. But that is done only because mathematicians like doing that type of stuff, not because they think it will be useful.

9. Originally Posted by zak_killcity14@hotmail.co
List and explain at least 3 instances where statistical data may be used to advantage in the construction industry.
1. Project planning risk analysis - time is money, so how much time is needed
to complete the project, and what is the risk that it will go significantly over
budget and bankrupt ourselves.

2. How stong do we need to build this thing - what is the wind loading going
to be (largest value expected in 100, 1000, ... years)? What about earth
quakes?, ...

3. How much materials do we need - stuff goes missing, and gets damaged,
so how much shall we order to mimimise our costs.

RonL