Holiday Roundup: This is Statistics Most Popular Posts of 2017

This year brought a wide range of content on the This is Statistics news page. Over the past 12 months, we offered quizzes, contests, statistician profiles, and more. Of all the posts authored here, here are the most popular from 2017. Let’s look back at the posts you don’t want to miss this year.

1. 2017 is the Year of the Statistician

“Statistician” was named the best job in STEM by U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings. It also ranked as the fourth best job in business in the same report. Jobs in statistics are growing fast and statisticians can work in nearly any industry they are passionate about.

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

Nathan Yau, author of FlowingData.com, uses his blog to make data easy to understand for non-experts using data visualization. This is Statistics had the opportunity to talk to Nathan about why he became a statistician and the research he conducts.

3. Award-Winning Movies: Statisticians in Hollywood

Statisticians are shaping the way Hollywood movies are made. By applying big data and cutting-edge analysis technology to the moviemaking process, the industry can predict the next blockbuster, quantify the value of an Oscar nod, and identify the right audience.

4. Swimming Against the Tide with Statistics

Jenny Chen, a competitive swimmer since age five, used statistical modeling to gain a competitive edge in her swimming competitions. She even presented her findings at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings. Solving her struggles in the pool led Jenny to discover her love of statistics.

5. New Degree Programs for the Hottest Job of 2017

Colleges and universities are expanding their statistics and data analytics programs to meet the growing demand. Statistical literacy is becoming a basic skill that can give you a competitive edge, and learning statistics will prepare you for a career in one of the world’s most in-demand scientific fields.

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