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IMS member Jonathan Skinner has taught a free statistics class (“without math”) as part of the offerings at his local food coop, in order to spread the good word, for the past several years. He writes: I am a retired statistician with a PhD in mathematics (1970). It struck my…

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Ruobin Gong, Rutgers University, writes: Suppose that you and a group of friends play the following game. Everybody guesses an integer between 1 and 100. You win by getting closest to half of the median sample of guesses, and the winner takes home the dollar amount s/he had guessed. What…

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Radu V. Craiu is Professor and Chair of the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto. He writes: This past summer I was asked in a Q&A session what I consider to be a “sexy” topic in statistics [1]. Not being able to speak about sexiness in front…

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Radu V. Craiu is Professor and Chair of the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto. He writes: These are interesting times for statistical science departments throughout the world. The demand for a statistician’s expertise is at an all-time high across a multitude of sectors: tech, finance, health…

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We in IMS must build the foundations of this emerging field Data science is at a crossroads. Will it become a fundamentally applied discipline, a collection of heuristics without any coherent mathematical underpinning? Or will a rigorous foundation lead to practical new tools and algorithms with provable properties? IMS members…

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