Is statistics becoming sexy?

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 10 January 2013

In the wake of the International Year of Statistics dawning and Nate Silver’s correct predictions of the US elections leading him to be a ‘celebrity’ statistician much in demand, The Boston Globe reckons that statisticians are becoming sexy!

The Globe interviews Director of the MIT Digital Business Center, Professor Erik Brynjolfsson, who says, “Statisticians have become sexy just the way geeky Internet nerds became sexy in the 1990s, and I suppose investment bankers were in the 1980s. Things that drive the economy give people power, and I guess that’s sexy” (The Boston Globe, 21 Nov 2012).

According to a study by the McKinsey Global Institute, the US alone will need between 140,000-190,000 professionals familiar with statistics. Hans Rosling in ‘The Joy of Stats’ said not to be ashamed if at a dinner party to say you are a statistician. Who knows, with Brynjolfsson’s views, it might even lead to a first date.

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