Department of Analytics, anyone?02 Oct 2011
This article following up on the Moneyball PR demonstrates one of the reasons why statistics might be doomed:
Julia Rozovsky is a Yale M.B.A. student who studied economics and math as an undergraduate, a background that prepared her for a traditional — and lucrative — consulting career. Instead, partly as a result of reading “Moneyball” and finding like-minded people, she pointed herself toward work in analytics.
Why can’t they call it statistics?? The message, of course, is statistics is boring. Analytics is awesome. We probably need to start changing the names of our departments.