By Patricia J. Fogle, Ph.D., D.O.

The use of statistics pervades the world in which we live. It is used arguably to defend positions in basic and applied scientific research, and ultimately affects all aspects of our lives. It therefore is important to understand the rationale and meaning of these "numbers" that affect our lives.

An easy way for students to begin to grasp the value of numbers involves collection of data while playing the game SET: The Family Game of Visual Perception. SET lends itself to this task because patterns which are removed from the board during play can be neatly categorized according to characteristics listed in Table 1 below.

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