Did Big Data Kill the Statistician?

Statistics is a science, and some people argue that it is the oldest of sciences. Its existence can be traced back in history to the days of Augustus Caesar, and arguable even before then.

In 1998, Lynn Billard, in a paper that laid out the role of the Statistician and Statistics, wrote that “no science began until man mastered the concepts and arts of counting, measuring, and weighting”.[1]

I first became aware of the role of the statistician when I was studying a combination of philosophy, politics and economics. Later, my first two managers were also enthusiastic and pedagogic members of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), a society whose aim is “advancing the science and application of statistics, and promoting use and awareness for public benefit”.

The RSS do a good job of raising awareness about statistics and statisticians, but, maybe they aren’t getting enough people’s attention.

After all, many people seem to think that statistical methods and quantitative analysis were born somewhere around 2001, which, and sorry for raining on anyone’s parade, is not in fact the case.


To read the full article written by Martyn Jones, please click here or go to https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141203175825-12492056-consider-this-did-big-data-kill-the-statistician



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