International Year of Statistics 2013

UK Royal Statistical Society
So 2013 is the International Year of Statistics.  Recognising the contributions of statistics to society worldwide.  It's being coordinated through statistics2013.org on behalf of the international professional statistical bodies.

It's all based around the fact that statistics have powerful and far-reaching effects on everyone, and trying to get that message over.

More than 2,000 organizations—professional statistical societies, colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, businesses, government entities, and research institutes are participating in this worldwide event.

There's a helpful breadth of definitions of what statistics is....
  • The science of learning from (or making sense out of) data
  • The theory and methods of  extracting information from observational data for solving real-world problems
  • The science of uncertainty
  • The quintessential inter-disciplinary science
  • The art of telling a story with [numerical] data
And curious and wide ranging examples of the areas in which statistics impact....

Foods you eat
Weather forecasts
Assessing disease risks
Protecting your pet’s health
Improving your health care
Transportation systems you use
Assessing your credit worthiness
Pricing your insurance policies
Ensuring national security
Examining economic health
Prosecuting criminals
Ensuring the safety of medicine
Assessing teacher effectiveness
Monitoring climate change

And predicting the need 4.4m statistical jobs in coming years, a taster for that applied work...
  • Estimating the safety of nuclear power plants and alternative energy sources
  • Evaluating the impact of air, water, and soil pollution
  • Estimating the unemployment rate of a country
  • Analysing consumer demand for products and services
  • Designing studies for and analyzing data from agricultural experiments to increase crop productivity and yields

So that all has a global generic take of course, but the value shines though.  And then there's the homage to the great statisticians.....one per month over the next 12 months.

So wishing the project a fair wind and a good impact.

Source: www.statistics2013.org