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I started off doing pure maths, but that got too hard, and then I did mathematical statistics, and then got both too hard and too boring, and so for years now I have preferred getting involved in real problems that people are trying to handle using data.
Numbersense Pros: An interview with David Spiegelhalter - Big Data, Plainly Spoken (aka Numbers Rule Your World)
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Statistics is in many ways much more useful for most students than calculus. The problem is, to teach it well is extraordinarily difficult. It’s very easy to teach a horrible statistics class where you spit back the definitions of mean and median. But you become dangerous because you think you know something about data when in fact it’s kind of subtle.
On replacing calculus with statistics | The Endeavour
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