Posted by: thebylog | April 24, 2008

Funny Thing for a Statistician to say to Statisticians

In colloquium today, our speaker was hurrying through his presentation and in the process said:

“I don’t want to bore you with the data.”

Except we’re statisticians; we’re all about the data.

I will give him that what he really meant was that he had shown us his method but he didn’t have time to show us how it applied to this dataset. Still, in my mind statistics is just math if there is no data. Off the top of my head I would say that data is probably the fundamental defining concept in statistics.



  1. Funny, yet sounds a little nerdy.

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