THE VALUE OF STATISTICS

Worthy Point-of-View

The following passage appeared in a recent article in The New York Times.

“The rising stature of statisticians [comes as] a byproduct of the recent explosion of digital data. In field after field, computing and the Web are creating new realms of data to explore…. It is the size of the data sets on the Web that opens new worlds of discovery. Traditionally, social sciences tracked people’s behavior by interviewing or surveying them. ‘But the Web provides this amazing resource for observing how millions of people interact,’ said Jon Kleinberg, a computer scientist and social networking researcher at Cornell.”

To read the full NYT article (entitled “For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics”), go to

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/technology/06stats.html

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