Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Math is like music, statistics is like literature

An excellent link from Dr. Gelman's blog. Statistician Dick De Veaux says:

We haven’t evolved to be statisticians. Our students who think statistics is an unnatural subject are right. This isn’t how humans think naturally. But it is how humans think rationally. And it is how scientists think. This is the way we must think if we are to make progress in understanding how the world works and, for that matter, how we ourselves work.

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