Tuesday, June 16, 2009

To be even more boring

I had to complete three classes in Statistics in graduate school. I never did quite understand why other than getting a Master's degree means you will be prepared to do statistical studies in your field.

One of my students is taking Statistics now and was telling me last night about how difficult it was for her. My advice was to learn the terminology and the math will take care of itself.

It is really a lesson in life. If you have a wide vocabulary you can succeed in just about anything. You need to be able to talk the talk. Once you have learned one foreign language all of the rest come easy. A verb in English is a verb in Russian and so on.

The language of statistics will widen your ability to be boring to a much larger group of people. (smiling)

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