Posted by: thebylog | February 4, 2010

Academic Inferiority Complexes

It seems that wherever I go, I’m surrounded by academic communities that feel as if they are being shortchanged in some way. Is this how it is with all disciplines or am I, for some unknown and subliminal reason, attracted to disciplines who harbor inferiority complexes?

You have the statisticians that feel as if they are in the shadow of the pure mathematicians. You have the Operation Research people who think their myriad methods are severely underutilized and underappreciated by those they are designed to help (i.e. the commercial sector). And then, in the area closest to my heart, you have experimental design experts who feel like they are being shortchanged by the greater statistical community.

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