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Using data for good: Volunteers dive into data

Thanks to 100 dedicated volunteers who spent their entire weekend digging into data at North Carolina’s first-ever DataDive: The Anti-Defamation League was able to cite the new approaches it was taking to analyzing hate crime data when its CEO testified before the US Senate in early May. Counter Tools, a

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SAS loves stats: Richard Zink

Richard Zink’s desire to win strategy board games like Axis and Allies and Fortress America in college got him started on the path to a career in statistics. “I wanted to better understand the rules of probability to make me a better player,” recalled Zink, a Principal Research Statistician Developer in

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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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SAS loves stats: Cheryl LeSaint

As a fourth-grader, Cheryl LeSaint was the one everyone was trying to beat. The teacher called her to the chalkboard to solve math problems and then challenged the rest of the class to race against her. “I always loved math,” said LeSaint. “I have a very vivid memory. Mathematics came

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SAS loves Stats: Don Wedding

Don Wedding played a baseball simulation game called Sports Illustrated/Avalon Hill Superstar Baseball back when he was in grade school in Toledo, Ohio. The game involved rolling specialized dice, and then referring to cards representing the performance of the greatest baseball players of all time. The problem was Wedding knew

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SAS loves stats: Anne Hawley

Anne Hawley’s "Introduction to Statistics” professor asked the class what percentage of students at St. Lawrence University in New York state were smokers. Although the answer (according to a survey of students) was closer to 10 percent, most of the class guessed a much higher number, possibly due to the fact

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SAS loves stats: Mark Kindem

Mark Kindem can thank his parents and brother for getting him started on the road to being a statistician. “My dad was a baseball card guy,” Kindem said. “I used to pore through data as a kid.” Kindem and his brother would line up baseball or basketball cards on the living

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SAS loves stats: Dominic Jann

Dominic Jann’s Introduction to Statistics class near the end of his undergraduate days at the University of Oklahoma was terrible, if you consider the instructor he had. “The professor was always tardy and didn’t show up for half the classes,” said Jann, noting that even when he did, his attitude toward