Cultural Statistics and Instructional Designs

Darius Zahedi
Bridges London: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2006)
Pages 587–594


In online education, a student’s first point of contact is the Web interface, a GUI that must induce good feelings and trust. To achieve this, designer needs to be aware of cultural trends shared between members of target group. This requires mathematical formulas and statistical feedbacks so results can be stored, categorized, processed, and retrieved. For example a resulting bar chart can give a designer a vital clue as to what extend a target group tolerates teacher’s interference. Efforts towards statistical representation of culture started since late twentieth century. They mostly concentrated on multinational organizations, but now with the table turned and employer being the end-user (students), more sensitivity to the cultural issues must be paid. This paper is a Call to the statisticians inviting them to explore this much-needed young science, with applications that go beyond just commerce and education.