Statistics takes center stage in the Independent

Check out this really good piece over at the Independent. It talks about the rise of statisticians as rockstars, naming Hans Rosling, Nate Silver, and Chris Volinsky among others. I think that those guys are great and deserve all the attention they get.

I only hope that more of the superstars that fly under the radar of the general public but have made huge contributions  to science/medicine (like Ross Prentice, Terry Speed, Scott Zeger, or others that were highlighted in the comments here) get the same kind of attention (although I suspect they might not want it).

I think one of the best parts of the article (which you should read in it's entirety) is Marie Davidian's quote:

There are rock stars, and then there are rock bands: statisticians frequently work in teams

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  • Thomas Speidel

    Nice article and good to see Jeff's name on it!
    Reminds me of a similar New York Times article from a few years ago. I was (pleasantly) surprised that the author did not fall for the big data or data science hype and still refers to it as statistics and statisticians...