We Are Statistics!

Jeri Mulrow, ASA vice president, explains, “Statistics is the best area to be in because statistics are everywhere! They are all around us in our daily lives. It is important to be able to think critically about all of the data and information that surround us. Statistics and statistical thinking help us to make sense out of all of it.”

Jeri suggests investigating Visualizations

Hadley Wickham, chief data scientist at R Studio says, “Statistics is an important tool in the data analysis/science toolbox. Statistics provides a coherent framework for thinking about random variation, and tools to partition data into signal and noise.”

Hadley suggests investigating The New York Times Upshot

Mary Kwasny, associate professor of preventive medicine-biostatistics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, says, “When I talk about my work, I commonly say that statisticians help the architects of society by building scaffolds. The field of statistics lends the support to many other fields—science, business, government—to make their structures taller and stronger.”

Mary suggests investigating Gapminder

Jo Hardin, professor and chair in the department of mathematics and statistics at Pomona College, says, “Statistics is using data and knowledge about randomness to condense, communicate, and contextualize information and provide insight into the setting from which the data came.”

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