Article – Statistics: Losing Ground to CS, Losing Image Among Students

by | February 19, 2017

Hi. I thought I’d post an article about how the American Statistical Association (ASA) is taking action to try to attract newcomers to statistics as there is a rising popularity of data science and big data analytics. The article mentions the difference between computer science (CS) and statistics and what the ASA is identifying as a problem which turns students away from statistics. The article can be found here.

Personally, I think the data science and big data analytics trend is similar to financial engineering as there is a lot of marketing involved. Data science is known as a mix of computer science and statistics. At the moment data science can be seen as more appealing than statistics. It seems as if the word statistics has a negative connotation but the branded data science term appears exciting and fresh (even though they are very similar). I define data science as computational statistics. If this data science trend is like the financial engineering trend, expect a time where the field will be saturated and there would be minimal job openings.

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