As I've mentioned before, I've always found it a little awkward to introduce myself as a Statistician -- it's not exactly the greatest conversation-generator at cocktail parties (or it just turns conversation to baseball, especially post-Moneyball). So it's nice to see that this is changing, as one of my heroes in Statistics relates:
“Most of my life I went to parties and heard a little groan when people heard what I did,” says Robert Tibshirani, a statistics professor at Stanford University. “Now they’re all excited to meet me.”
I've wholeheartedly embraced "data scientist" as a term because, frankly, it's had more sex appeal than "statistician". Good to see this is changing, and now maybe I can be an out-and-proud Statistician.
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