Posted by: thebylog | October 4, 2006

Statistics and Remembering Things

I’m personally glad that I’m not in a discipline that requires gross amounts of rote memorization. I’m glad about this because it doesn’t seem to me that I remember that kind of stuff very well. However, even in statistics where you don’t have to go into exams and remember minutiae, you do have to routinely prove things mathematically. And it turns out that when you prove things, you tend to use results that you have seen in the past: maybe yesterday or last week or last year, maybe a theorem you read awhile ago but didn’t understand (and subsequently forgot). So remembering – or more importantly understanding something to the point that you remember it – is valuable in theoretical statistics too.

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