2015 Illinois Statistics Symposium: A Celebration of the Department’s 30th Anniversary
The symposium offers our alumni a great opportunity to return to the University of Illinois to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Statistics Department and to meet with many of their classmates, professors, and colleagues in a warm and friendly setting.
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time: All day, beginning at 9:00 AM
Location: I-Hotel & Conference Center, Lincoln Room
Sponsor: Department of Statistics
For more information, including a detailed agenda, please click the link below to view this event on our calendar.
The video features Tianwei Sun, a recent Statistics and Actuarial Science graduate, along with a couple of other Chinese students talking about studying in the U.S.
Your Department of Statistics was featured in the April issue of AMSTAT News (the monthly membership periodical of the American Statistical Association).
Q&A with Largest, Fastest-Growing Undergraduate Statistics Departments
And in case you missed the post back in February, Statistics is the fastest-growing undergraduate degree in all STEM fields.
[Article courtesy of CCASA newsletter]
It’s truly a sign of the times when Kal Penn, who is normally known as Kumar (from the “Harold and Kumar” movies), sets aside the White Castle burgers to instead star as a ‘statistics-wielding socio-scientific analyst’ in The National Geographic Channel’s new show, “The Big Picture with Kal Penn”.
Is it perhaps a sign of the Big Data fervor affecting even TV and movies? Or is it a sign that statisticians are to become more popular than Hollywood movie stars? We’ll have to wait and see!
[Article courtesy of the CCASA Newsletter]
For the second year in a row, CareerCast has ranked Statistician #4 on its list of the best jobs. Jobs are chosen according to their environment (such as how hazardous they are), income, unemployment, and stress level. Another sign of the times? Data Scientist comes in at #6.
The Class of 2015 Senior 100 Honorary list was released today, and two of our own Statistics undergraduates were awarded this exemplary designation. Congratulations to Megan Lindgren and Tianjun Sun for all their hard work and effort that has led to this impressive distinction.
Class of 2015 Senior 100 Honorary Recipients
(Article courtesy of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association newsletter)
The ASA analyzed data compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and found that Statistics is the fastest-growing undergrad STEM degree, even ahead of Computer Science. Overall, the number of statistics bachelor’s degrees has grown from 526 in 2003 to 1,678 in 2013.
Surprised? Probably not. The Big Data/data science hype is certainly having an effect on education programs, and no doubt influencing students to choose Statistics due to the hot job market. It probably doesn’t hurt that “statistical analysis and data mining” were ranked #1 on LinkedIn’s list of the 25 hottest skills.
(Articles courtesy of the CCASA newsletter)
Those of you that watched the Super Bowl this year may have heard of the “scandal” that erupted in the weeks before it involving the New England Patriots and deflated footballs, which the media promptly christened “DeflateGate”, and then proceeded to report it to death.
Opinions on the media cycle aside, one of the unfortunate circumstances to rise out of the scandal were some truly tortured and wildly inaccurate uses of statistics, including, as this article from the Harvard Business Review astutely points out, some causal leaps inferred from correlations in the data. The article drives home an important lesson that our media seems to frequently ignore: correlation does not equal causation.
We mourn the tragic loss of Vicente Mundo who was a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working towards a degree in Statistics. Our hearts go out to his family and to all of his friends. We hope in this time of sorrow that joyful memories of his life will bring some comfort.
Faculty and Staff
Department of Statistics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chances are, at some point in your life you’ve been trapped in an unwanted conversation with someone, and had to figure out how to escape as gracefully as possible. If you’ve ever wondered what’s the most efficient way to exit a conversation without offending the other party, then you’re in luck.
In 1989 a graduate student at San Jose University conducted a study comparing 350 different “conversational retreat tactics” and compared them based on how effective/non-effective they are, as well as how socially acceptable/unacceptable they are.
Click here to read the Washington Post article about the study, or to enlarge the graph above. To read the student’s 100+ page Master’s Theses on the subject click here