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You are right in the sense you absolutely cannot get a deep understanding of Statistics without Calculus.

But with a mere background of high school algebra, you can learn more about Stats than most college graduates have, and that knowledge is far more relevant to the day-to-day lives of the average person in America than Calculus is.

True, because the average person in America has a pretty crappy job.

Those who get a chance to follow through with calculus and apply it do much, much better.

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