"Is the Statistics Profession Prepared for the World of Big Data?", Dr. Robert N. Rodriquez
Robert N. Rodriques
Statistics and Analytics Division of SAS
American Statistical Association
Title: Is the Statistics Profession Prepared for the World of Big Data?
Abstract: The demand for statistical skills has never been greater in areas of business, government, and research where customer value, policy-making, and scientific discovery are increasingly driven by new sources and novel uses of data. According to McKinsey Global Institute, the United States alone will face a shortfall of 140,000 to 190,000 “deep analytical positions” by 2018. This demand is the result of five trends: the growth of business analytics, the phenomenon of Big Data, the arrival of data science, the power of distributed computing, and the prevalence of unstructured textual data. In response to these trends, we must differentiate the contributions of statisticians from those of data scientists. Training the next generation of statisticians with the technical and leadership skills needed in emerging areas of practice will equip them for unprecedented career opportunities and impact.
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