Category: News

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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Good Luck, AP Statistics Students!

You worked hard all year and spent long nights in May cramming as you prepared for your AP Statistics exam. Now, starting today through July 9, it’s the moment of truth. As students gain access to their AP test results over the next five days, This is Statistics has our fingers crossed for you! And...

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Calling All Counselors: Sharing Statistics with Your Students

If you are a school counselor, chances are you’ve had a student asking you for thoughts on a career that is in high demand, pays well and is fun. This may seem like a tall order, but there are jobs that deliver on these qualities. Next week, the American Statistical Association and This is Statistics...

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AP Style Guide Addresses Expanding Role of Data in Journalism

The AP Style Guide is the renowned go-to handbook of best practices and style rules for any professional journalist. In its newly released 2017 edition, the Guide has released a new section focused on data journalism, a testament to data’s growing importance in this field. This move reflects a continually growing trend of reporters being more...

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Congrats to Our #StatsGrad Winner!

This is Statistics is proud to announce the winner of our 2017 #StatsGrad contest. Congratulations to Edie Espejo at UC Davis on her winning entry, and her BS in Statistics. Her entry featured statistical play on America’s Next Top Model posing with her fellow graduates as “America’s Next Top Liner Model”. Check out the winning entry...

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Stats in Action: Meet AAAS Mass Media Fellow Nick Thieme

Nick Thieme is an AAAS Mass Media Fellow with the sponsorship of the American Statistical Association, working at Slate Magazine over the coming months. Through this series, he will give us a glimpse behind the scenes of his journey as a statistician and data journalist.  It was a busy time of year at Carnegie Mellon University,...

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Congratulations, Graduates! Show Us Your #StatsGrad Pride

Congratulations to all our 2017 data science and statistics graduates! Whether you have reached the end of your academics at the high school, college, or graduate level, this is truly something to celebrate. And when you study statistics, there is even more to celebrate! Your skills in this important emerging field will help you no...

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Graduation Roundup: The Latest News in Data Science Careers

We’re hitting graduation season! Best wishes to all the graduating students out there, whether it be high school or college, as you move on to your next big thing. As you look ahead, might we recommend pursuing an education (or career) in data science? As you already know if you’ve visited This is Statistics before,...

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Real or Fake News? Let Statistics Help: 7 Questions to Ask   

There is a lot of discussion today about whether the stories we see in the news are real or fake. Statistical thinking can help you assess the validity of reports, claims from a new study, or other conclusions flashing through your social media feed. Here are a few tips from statisticians – experts in the...

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