Big media waking up to big data

January 14, 2012

(This article was first published on eKonometrics, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

imageA recent Globe and Mail column points out that by 2018 in the United States alone there will be a shortfall of 190,000 specialists with deep analytical talent. It is good to see that the mainstream media is waking up to the need for applied training in data analytics.

At the management faculty at Ryerson University in Toronto, we have risen to the challenge by teaching the state of the art in business and data analytics to ensure that our graduates could stay ahead of the curve. For instance, we have replaced the conventional stats software  with R, which is the analytic tool of choice of quants, statisticians, and analysts For details, visit:

“The lovely jobs are why we should all enroll our children immediately in statistics courses. Big data can only be unlocked by shamans with tremendous mathematical aptitude and training. McKinsey estimates that by 2018 in the United States alone, there will be a shortfall of between 140,000 and 190,000 graduates with “deep analytical talent.” If you are one of them, you will surely have a “lovely” well-paying job.”

The Globe and Mail, January 12, 2012

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