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Data Scientist: Top Job in America

Who said science isn’t cool? According to Glassdoor, data scientist is the top job in America for the 2nd year in a row. The overall job satisfaction that comes with being a data scientist ranks 4.4 out of 5 and beat out a number of other careers for the title of best job. Statistics is...

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What’s Going On In This Graph?

ASA and The New York Times Learning Network released a brand new “What’s Going On In This Graph?” this morning. Each month of the academic year (September to May), this ongoing feature shares a graph from a recent New York Times article, but stripped of its contextual information. Then it’s up to you to use...

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Celebrating National STEM Day

In honor of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) community, today we are celebrating National STEM Day. These disciplines play a vital role in the advancement of scientific innovation and economic growth.   One of the most rapidly growing STEM majors in the U.S. is statistics, and demand for employees with statistical skills is soaring. To keep up,...

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Police Data Challenge: One Day Left to Submit

If you declared intent to enter the Police Data Challenge, then time is almost up to submit your entry! The deadline to complete and submit your presentation is tomorrow, Friday, November 3. Your submission should be in the form of up to 10 PowerPoint slides to explain your findings and recommendations, and a written technical statement detailing your methods and analysis in 500 words...

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Police Data Challenge: Meet the Judges

As the American Statistical Association (ASA) and Police Data Initiative’s first-ever Police Data Challenge draws near, we’d like to introduce the contest’s judges. Using the criteria described here, expert judges will evaluate the quality of your entries, including your assessment of the data and any implicit biases. Meet the Police Data Challenge judges: Jeri Mulrow...

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Video: Meet Statisticians in Other Fields

Think statistics isn’t used in your field? Think again. For fields as varied as journalism, sports, healthcare, agriculture, video game development, and many others, statistics is integral. In our newest video, you’ll hear first-hand from individuals in these fields who find statistics essential to their work, including:  Carl Bialik, journalist and data science editor at Yelp...

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You Asked, Lucy Answered: Police Data Challenge Twitter Chat

Last night we hosted a Police Data Challenge Twitter chat to field your questions as you declare your intent and start working with the data sets. Our Police Data Challenge expert Lucy D’Agostino McGowan offered some great insights and advice for our student teams. Thanks to all who joined! We loved chatting with you and...

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Police Data Challenge: Got Questions? Lucy Has Answers

Lucy D’Agostino McGowan, our Police Data Challenge expert, is here to answer any questions you have as you join the contest and familiarize yourself with the data. You can learn more about Lucy and her expertise in last week’s blog post. At This is Statistics, we encourage questions –in fact, we’re hosting an “Ask Me...

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Meet Lucy, Your Police Data Challenge Expert

We love Lucy. That is, Lucy D’Agostino McGowan, our Police Data Challenge expert and resource for participating students. A Ph.D. student in biostatistics at Vanderbilt University, president of Vanderbilt Graduate Student Council and co-founder of R-Ladies Nashville, Lucy is ready to lead the way with her knowledge. And rest assured, her extensive teaching experience at Vanderbilt...

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Resources Roundup: 2017 Police Data Challenge

ASA and the Police Data Initiative have teamed up to create the first-ever Police Data Challenge, giving students a unique opportunity to use their analytical and data visualization skills to help improve community safety.   In addition to the public data sets from the Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Seattle police departments, there are plenty of additional sites providing statistics-related to community policing and public safety.   Here are...

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