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?

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