Category: News

Announcing the First-Ever Police Data Challenge

Attention stats-loving students! ASA, along with the Police Data Initiative, is sponsoring the first-ever Police Data Challenge. This contest invites you to use your analytical and data visualization skills to help improve community safety. If you want to learn first-hand how statistics can make a difference in the world, this is the contest for you!...

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New Degree Programs for the Hottest Job of 2017

Demand for employees with statistical skills continues to soar. According to Glassdoor, the top job of 2017 is data scientist. In addition to this, three more of the top 10 professions rely on data analysis skills, meaning that at least four of the top 10 jobs of 2017 would require statistical skills to be hired. Following...

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What’s Going On in This Graph? ASA and The New York Times Learning Network Launch New Feature

This is Statistics is excited to share that the American Statistical Association (ASA), our founding organization, is partnering with The New York Times Learning Network to help students like you understand and explore statistics through the newspaper’s reporting.   Mark your calendars, because starting on Sept. 19, and on the second Tuesday of every month from October to May, you will see a new feature, titled What’s Going...

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Back to School! What to Expect from a Statistics Course

Gather your pencil bouquets and don your corduroy—it’s back to school season! From labs to group projects, there may be some hard work ahead, but if you’re taking a statistics course, there are also plenty of reasons to be excited. If you are taking a statistics course, kudos to you on a wise decision! Read...

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Visualize This: Statistician Nathan Yau Helps Non-Experts Understand Data

Nathan Yau is a statistician best known for being the author of the highly successful FlowingData.com, a blog on visualization, statistics, and information design. Nathan graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, with a doctorate in statistics and created FlowingData.com to catalog his work. His focus is on data visualization and he has turned the blog...

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Stats in Action: How One Data Journalist Writes an Article 

Nick Thieme is an AAAS Mass Media Fellow with the sponsorship of the American Statistical Association, working at Slate Magazine over the summer months. Through this series, he gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of his journey as a statistician and data journalist.  Over the last 10 weeks, I’ve written about robot soccer tournaments, fidget spinners, and whether AI is...

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Celebrating National Book Lovers Day

On National Book Lovers Day August 9th, we asked you to share your favorite books relating to statistics and data science on Facebook and Twitter. We created a list with those recommendations and added a few of our own. Whether you’re a beginner or a statistician, there are interesting reading options on the list for...

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Join This is Statistics for One of the Largest Statistical Events in the World

  This Saturday through next Thursday, more than 6,000 professionals from 52 countries will meet in Baltimore, MD, to discuss our favorite subject: statistics. The 2017 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), the annual gathering of the global statistical community, offers a unique opportunity for statisticians in academia, industry, and government to exchange ideas and explore opportunities...

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What Kind of Statistician Could You Be?

With the demand for employees who have data analysis skills growing faster than ever, we’re naming 2017 the Year of the Statistician! The role of statistician was ranked number one by job-seeker sites, and there are hundreds of different professions to choose from. You could be a data journalist at your favorite magazine, a biostatistician...

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Stats in Action: 3 Data Journalism Skills I’ll Take Back to Grad School

Nick Thieme is an AAAS Mass Media Fellow with the sponsorship of the American Statistical Association, working at Slate Magazine over the summer months. Through this series, he gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of his journey as a statistician and data journalist.  At Slate, I just submitted a story about fireworks, a second story about...

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