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Statisticians get the PR treatment

I'm here at the JSM conference in Boston, the latest annual gathering of 6000+ statisticians from North America and around the world. (Revolution Analytics is a proud sponsor of the conference.) One of the great things to see is that the American Statistical Association, the organizer of the conference and the professional body for statisticians, is putting some effort into promoting Statistics as a discipline with its new website This is Statistics. Statistics as a discipline has been overshadowed by its close sibling, Data Science. (I'm as guilty of this as anyone.) As statistician Terry Speed points out (hat tip: Stephanie Hicks), Statisticians haven't been deeply involved in the Big Data revolution, despite having been trained in exactly the types of issues that are critical to extracting useful inferences from complex data sets. So it's great to see that the ASA is helping to promote the role of Statisticians in today's data centric workplace. My favorite video comes from Roger Peng, who has himself been instrumental promoting statistical analysis in R via Coursera:   Check out the complete This is Statistics site at the link below, and share it with your friends so they can learn what Statistics is really about. American Statistical Association: This is Statistics

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David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

David smith is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of the popular tutorial manual, An Introduction to R, and one of the originating developers of the ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics project. Today, he leads marketing for REvolution R, supports R communities worldwide, and is responsible for the Revolutions blog. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, he served as vice president of product management at Zynchros, Inc. Follow him on twitter at @RevoDavid