An Invisible Science with Enormous Impact


Professor Ron Wasserstein, Executive Director of the American Statistical Association and member of the Statistics2013 Steering Committee, describes some of the highlights of The International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013) on

‘Statisticians work in a vast array of fields: advancing science; creating new methodology; providing information that shapes public policy; and making our medicines more effective, our food safer and our planet better. They come from many cultures, speak many languages and arrive at statistics careers via many paths. But at least one aspect is recognised by virtually every statistician – our discipline and profession are simply not visible enough. It is an invisible science that is having an enormous impact. …

‘The more statistically literate people are, the better it will be for advancing frontiers of science and helping set policies guided by data and observation. We also hope activities that make statistics come alive for people continue well past 2013.’


Census at School Program

Statistics2013 promotes school programs and with this statistical literacy: ‘Census at School is a free, web-based classroom project that engages primary and secondary school students in statistical problem solving using their own data. This international educational initiative, launched in 2000 in the United Kingdom by the Royal Statistical Society, has programs operating in several countries.’

The Day I Started ‘Liking’ Statistics

… thanks to Hans Rosling – once again! See NobyLeong’s Blog post

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