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Mathematics & Statistics Awareness Month: Careers in Statistics

One of the coolest thing about statistics is the breadth and diversity of the career opportunities available to a professional with this skill set. From politics to animal care to clinical trials for pharmaceuticals, statistics has a place in essentially every career sector. As we celebrate Mathematics & Statistics Awareness Month, we’re sharing insights from...

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Going Greener with Statistics: National Environmental Education Week

From April 23 to 29, it’s National Environmental Education Week (NEEW)! The National Environmental Education Foundation, the organization behind NEEW, as well as other environmental organizations, are harnessing the power of big data analysis to measure climate change and other weather related events. Even better, the insights they glean are helping to find ways to...

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Mathematics & Statistics Awareness Month

Each April, the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, a partnership between the American Mathematic Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Statistical Association, celebrates Mathematics Awareness Month. For the very first time, this year’s event includes our favorite topic – statistics – in the newly-minted Mathematics...

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Announcing the 2017 Statsketball Winners

As the buzzer sounded over North Carolina’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament victory, This is Statistics’s first Statsketball competition also came to an end. And that means we’ve got winners! Congratulations To Our Top-Placing Teams Pick ‘Em Upset Challenge Winners High School: Naveen Gooneratne, senior, Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, Pa. Undergraduate: Michael McLaughlin, junior, Temple...

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New Hybrid Economy Demands Highly Trained Data Scientists

Anytime there is recognition of the importance of data science and analytics in today’s workforce, we stand up and cheer. From the often-cited McKinsey Report on Big Data, to the U.S. News & World Report’s declaration that 2017 is the Year of the Statistician, evidence supporting the need for statisticians and the many benefits of...

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Catch the Excitement of Statistics at Annual Math Teachers Meeting

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Annual Meeting and Exposition is tomorrow, and we have our pencils sharpened and our calculators ready. If you’re there, be sure to drop by the ASA booth and talk with us! At this event, thousands of mathematics and statistics education peers, from pre-K educators to administrators, come together...

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Statsketball: Meet the Judges

Although Statsketball winners are being assessed on the accuracy of their bracket predictions as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament plays out, that’s not the only thing that matters. Participants’ statistical methodology factors in, too. After all, the odds of a team winning are only that—a measure of the likelihood of a certain outcome playing out....

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Bracket busted? Pick a winner in the Statsketball Overtime Challenge

As we hit the final rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, many of us are inevitably eliminated from our brackets as teams are eliminated from the court. But don’t throw your hat in yet! Get back in the game with the Statsketball Overtime Challenge. How to play Follow This is Statistics on Twitter and tweet us...

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5 Top Trends from the Statsketball Tournament Entries

While many may choose their NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament predictions on a classic gut-check (or maybe by mascot), statistics buffs used a more systematic approach to enter This is Statistics’ Statsketball Tournament. The competition drew submissions from undergraduate and high school students across the country for its two challenges, the “Pick ‘Em” Upset Challenge and...

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Statsketball: A Roundup of Ways Statistics is Changing Basketball

It’s finally March, which means college basketball’s biggest event is just weeks away! Are you ready for our Statsketball competition? Athletes on the court start with a warm-up, and if you’re maximizing your bracket odds with statistics, you’re going to flex some serious mind-muscles while you crunch those numbers. We recommend limbering up with these...

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