Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thomas Bayes

Thomas Bayes, a minister and mathematician whose name is literally attached to statistical inference. Very few details are known about Bayes, but his impact on statistics and science in general is remarkable considering that he published only two papers in his lifetime. His simply stated law of conditional probabilities has led to an incredibly powerful and popular branch of statistics.

Significance of Statistics

Statistics ... the most important science in the whole world: for upon it depends the practical application of every other science and of every art; the one science essential to all political and social administration, all education, all organization based upon experience, for it only gives the results of our experience.
- Florence Nightingale

Statistical Significance series highlights the important contributions that statisticians make to society, from healthcare and economy to national security and the environment.


Internet Searches are Faster Thanks to Statistics

As the size of the Web grows exponentially, one needs to develop faster algorithms which can produce results in a split-second. This can be done only with the help of statistics. Without statistics we would have to search the Internet one site at a time...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Alumni Meet at Univ. of Pune

The Department of Statistics, University of Pune is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee Year & International Year of Statistics by organizing an International Conference
On this occasion, a meeting of the alumni will be held on December 15, 2013. For details please visit:

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Statisticians: an endangered species?

Nowadays mainstream academic statisticians as being left behind by the rise of Big Data, some trapped in moribund departments that are unwilling to change, overlooked by university administrators who see them as “small data” scholars without the tools for “Big Data” and “Big Questions” and surprised to find out that they, indeed, are not data scientists. So what skills does a statistician need to engage in data science activities, and how should we be preparing statistics students?

Thursday, August 1, 2013