Identity of statistics in science examinedC. F. Jeff Wu, professor of statistics, will present “Statistics = Data Science” at 4:10 p.m. Nov. 10 in Rackham Amphitheater. The lecture, in honor of Wu’s appointment to the H. C. Carver Collegiate Professorship in Statistics, will focus on the identity of statistics in science. Contrary to the perception of statistics as tables and figures, Wu characterizes statistical work as data modeling, analysis and decision making. He will conclude his lecture by proposing that statistics be renamed “data science” and statisticians “data scientists.”
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