New Year's resolution: Learn more about statistics


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 08 January 2013
  • Copyright: Photograph appears courtesy of iStock Photo

According to Statistic Brain, 46% of Americans maintain their New Year resolutions past six months, the top five being losing weight, getting organized, saving money, living life to the fullest and getting fit (Statistic Brain, 13th December 2012). So, as gym memberships soar and bank balances are nervously checked after Christmas, what else does 2013 hold in store?

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This year is the International Year of Statistics and you can check everything Wiley have to offer in celebration here. Check out the International Year of Statistics website and the Royal Statistical Society’s getstats campaign, who rightly point out (getstats, 4th January 2013) is that the 6th most common resolution is to ‘Learn something exciting’. This is the year to understand statistics and the value and use it can bring to everyday lives.

Recent interviewees here on Statistics Views have all resolved that we now have the technology to understand statistics better than ever, to make sense and not shy away from Big Data, to grasp methodologies and see what we can come up with, as Nate Silver most notably did. “The world is the statistician’s oyster” according to Professor Valerie Isham, whom Statistics Views interviewed in the last month of her presidency of the Royal Statistical Society. And this is the year in which to make the most of it.

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