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ERIC Number: EJ1152523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1570-1824
Statistical Literacy in the Data Science Workplace
Grant, Robert
Statistics Education Research Journal, v16 n1 p17-21 May 2017
Statistical literacy, the ability to understand and make use of statistical information including methods, has particular relevance in the age of data science, when complex analyses are undertaken by teams from diverse backgrounds. Not only is it essential to communicate to the consumers of information but also within the team. Writing from the perspective of a statistician who later taught himself about data visualisation and machine learning, I consider some pitfalls for communication and drivers of behaviour within the team. Recruiters and managers also play a part in creating a workplace where speed and novelty are sometimes over-valued. Statisticians have a duty to educate and shape this exciting new workplace.
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Language: English
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