Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Johan Dragt 1934 – 2012

ISI Permanent Office is very sad to announce the death of Mr Johan Dragt, an ISI volunteer and originator of the ISI Multilingual Glossary of Statistical Terms. We will miss Johan very much:


Friday, December 7, 2012

Why Statistics is Important to You ?

Video created by SAS for celebrating the International Year of Statistics:


It does an excellent job portraying the many and varied ways that statistics impacts our lives.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Career Paths for the Applied Statistician

The world is full of exciting professional opportunities for statisticians. This article describes some popular career paths for those with training in statistics:


Friday, November 16, 2012

Statisticians around the Globe

Here is a collection of information about Statisticians arranged by country:


Statisticians among Most Influential Scientists

The list of 20 Most Influential Scientists Alive Today:


It includes
-Persi Diaconis, known for his work on the dynamics of coin flipping & also about the number of shuffles required to randomize a deck of playing cards..

-Donald Knuth, who created of the TeX computer typesetting system..

-Andrew Wiles, famous for proving Fermat's Last Theorem.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Understanding the Sign of Correlation Coefficient

In many books on Statistics, it is often stated that correlation between two variables X and Y is positive if, as X increases Y also increase. This interesting article by Dr. Sudhakar Kunte shows that this statement is not always correct:


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

J D Gibbons

J D Gibbons ...whom we all know for her book on Non-parametric Inference. She blazed a trail for providing opportunities to future generations, by establishing funds for JD Gibbons Statistics Award and Gibbons fellowship for graduate studies in Statistics:

Here is an article by her, mostly about her experiences as a female Statistician and how the society evolved over time to accept women in academia:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happy World Statistics Day

In the words of a non-statistician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who is immortalized because of his brain-child Sherlock Holmes ...

"While the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will be up to, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to. Individuals vary, but percentages remain constant. So says the statistician"

Wishing a very happy World Statistics Day to everyone :) :)

Friday, October 19, 2012