StatPlayground: Exploratory Statistics through Direct Manipulation of Visualizations

What is StatPlayground?

StatPlayground is a prototype, built as a potential solution for a lack of adequate statistical literacy. StatPlayground performs statistical analysis automatically by checking the statistical assumptions (e.g., normality, homoscedasticity) and, based on which assumptions are satisfied, choosing and then performing the appropriate significance test. StatPlayground also gives the user the ability to learn various statistical analysis concepts in an exploratory manner by 1) changing the data properties to see how it impacts other data properties and the computed inferential statistics, and 2) changing the computed inferential statistics to see how the data characteristics change.

We believe StatPlayground has the ability to improve certain statistical literacy skills: the ability to make sense of statistical information, identify the relationships between statistical concepts, data awareness, and understanding statistical procedures better.

The Team

StatPlayground is a research project by Krishna Subramanian, M. Sc., and is supervised by Prof. Dr. Jan Borchers. It is funded in part by the German B-IT foundation. Jeanine Bonot is currently doing a Master's thesis, in which she will investigate interaction design techniques for a more fine-grained control of the parameters.



  • Krishna Subramanian, Jeanine Bonot, Radu A. Coanda and Jan Borchers. StatPlayground: A Sandbox for Learning Practical Statistics.  In To appear in INTERACT 2019: Proceedings of the 17th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Springer Nature, September 2019.
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  • Radu-Andrei Coandă. Cheno: Computing Datasets from Inference Statistics. Bachelor's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, February 2019.
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  • 2017

  • Krishna Subramanian and Jan Borchers. StatPlayground: Exploring Statistics through Visualizations.  In CHI '17: Extended Abstracts of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pages 401–404, ACM, New York, NY, USA, May 2017.
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