Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Designated the International Year of Statistics

In an earlier blog posting, I stated (tongue in check, of course) that 2013 was the Year of Legacy Application Modernization.

Actually, somebody beat me to the punch and already designated 2013 as the International Year of Statistics.

Before you smirk, remember that Harvard Business Review called the Data Scientist "the sexiest job in the world" and that Gartner predicted Big Data will generate 4 million worldwide jobs by 2015.

I'm going to participate in this global event by signing up for a free Coursera class on Data Analysis using the R programming language! Jeff Leek at John Hopkins University will teach the online class starting on 2013 January 22nd.

The Coursera website says this is a first-year course and requires no investments other than three to five hours each of the eight weeks. It does help before the class to already have the open-source R software installed and have a basic familiarity of the statistical programming language.

See the Simply Statistics blog for more details on the International Year of Statistics. 

1 comment:

AlphaPoint Data Center Management said...

Excellent post, Doug. Big data is definitely where things are going and I have no doubt it's going to generate millions of jobs worldwide. We're seeing it already in our industry (data center management).

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