Statistics in the era of big data and the data scientist

Depending on whether you are a half-full or a half-empty kind of person, the "big data" revolution is either a tremendous windfall for the career of a statistician, or the makings of a real existential crisis. As with most things, it’s probably a bit of both. On the one hand, […]

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How to dilute the value of analytics

Business Intelligence (BI) can mean many things to many people, but generally BI is associated with business reports. When you fold business analytics (BA), especially advanced analytics that are predictive or prescriptive, under the BI umbrella you inherently dilute the value proposition that analytics can provide to an organization. Why […]

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Ask the statistician: Explain how statistics touch our everyday lives

So far in our Ask the Statistician blog and video series, we have heard responses from statisticians at the Analytics 2013 conference about: The many ways statistics benefit their organizations. The types of statistical analyses used to solve business issues. Best practices for explaining results.       How they put statistical […]

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Ask the Statistician: Can you share examples of success from your statistical analyses?

In my previous post in the Ask the Statistician interview series, we heard from statisticians at the Analytics 2013 conference discuss the how their statistical results are put into action within their organizations.  Now let’s learn more about their specific examples of success they have had utilizing these results. Check out […]

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Ask the Statistician: Putting statistical results into action

So far in this Ask the Statistician series, we heard statisticians at the Analytics 2013 conference  discuss the benefits of statistical analysis, the types of statistical techniques they use to solve their business problems and how they share their statistical results with non-technical audiences that need to use this information.  So, the next step […]

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Ask the Statistician: Best practices for explaining statistical results

In my last post in the Ask the Statistician series, we heard statisticians at the Analytics 2013 conference  discuss what types of statistical techniques they use to solve their business problems. Given that these concepts are technical in nature, I wanted to better understand some of their best practices for sharing […]

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Ask the Statistician: What types of statistical analyses do you use to solve your business issues?

At the Analytics 2013 conference attendees tend to be more technical than those at a standard business confernece. Knowing this, I set out to get a better understanding of what statistical techniques they use to do their analyses.  Of course that depends on the business question they are trying to […]

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Ask the Statistician: In what ways does statistics benefit your organization?

Last year, during the  International Year of Statistics, I created a blog series called Ask the Statistician. Since we love celebrating statistics every day at SAS, we decided to continue the series through interviews at the Analytics 2013 conference.  For this project, I ask statisticians from various industries about their use of statistics. Their answers […]

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SAS loves stats: Annie Dudley Zangi

Annie Dudley Zangi was applying statistical methods to her science projects in primary school before she even knew about statistics. It just came naturally to her, and so did the experiments she conducted at her father's strawberry farm before she learned about split-plot designs. Read this full profile to learn […]

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SAS loves stats: David Olaleye

As a child growing up in Nigeria, David Olaleye would follow his dad, an auto mechanic, as he drove to work every morning. So he always thought he would end up being an engineer in the automobile industry. But when he went to college at the University of Ife (now […]

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