Statisticians get the PR treatment

August 4, 2014
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(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

I'm here at the JSM conference in Boston, the latest annual gathering of 6000+ statisticians from North America and around the world. (Revolution Analytics is a proud sponsor of the conference.) One of the great things to see is that the American Statistical Association, the organizer of the conference and the professional body for statisticians, is putting some effort into promoting Statistics as a discipline with its new website This is Statistics.

Statistics as a discipline has been overshadowed by its close sibling, Data Science. (I'm as guilty of this as anyone.) As statistician Terry Speed points out (hat tip: Stephanie Hicks), Statisticians haven't been deeply involved in the Big Data revolution, despite having been trained in exactly the types of issues that are critical to extracting useful inferences from complex data sets. So it's great to see that the ASA is helping to promote the role of Statisticians in today's data centric workplace. My favorite video comes from Roger Peng, who has himself been instrumental promoting statistical analysis in R via Coursera:

 

Check out the complete This is Statistics site at the link below, and share it with your friends so they can learn what Statistics is really about.

American Statistical Association: This is Statistics

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