You’ve Come a Long Way, Barbie

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  Maybe Barbie and her manufacturer, Mattel, have caught wind of the news that math-based jobs are now considered sexy. Or maybe it’s that at 50 years old and having tried more than 120 other careers, Barbie is going for something a little more fulfilling than achieving the perfect Malibu tan. Whatever the reason, the… Read more »

Statisticians Leading NBA Teams to Victory

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While centers and point guards may still get all the glory, for half the teams in the NBA, the hottest player may just be the team statistician. According to a March 12 article in the Wall Street Journal, writer David Biderman outlines how the winningest teams in basketball have “all invested heavily in statistics” and… Read more »

Kicking SAS?

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Kicking SAS? Not if James Goodnight, statistician and CEO of the SAS Institute, has any say in the matter. Recently, the New York Times reported that the venerable software giant that created the statistical tool of choice for countless business statisticians for over three decades is under siege. New competition is threatening SAS’s longstanding, comfortable… Read more »

Family Dinner Conversation

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Just a few nights ago, during our family dinner, the topic of the eighth-grade social order arose. It seems my 13-year-old twins, Jay and Becky, have a pretty clear understanding of where they (and all of their classmates) stand in the pecking order. Becky said she resides somewhere in the middle —abercrombie jeans and Ugg… Read more »

R, the Magic Language!

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As I have reported previously, the use of R as the statistical tool of choice has grown dramatically in the past couple of years. The program is free and is in an open-source format allowing users to modify the tool specifically to their situation. In case you missed it, the New York Times had an… Read more »

Declining Math Skills in the US

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Last week, I was disappointed as I read in the New York Times that the number of children in the United States who are excelling in mathematics is in decline. It seems that American culture does not highly value talent in math and as a result, many students, and especially girls, are not motivated to… Read more »

Times, They Are A-Changin’

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  With the closing of another year rapidly approaching, it’s always fun to take a moment to consider how quickly things can change in just a short period. Time elapses, people grow, technology develops… and with the continuous change come continuous challenges- necessary adaptations to meet the newly developed demands of the ever-evolving world around… Read more »