Last September, in my efforts to recover from a knee injury, I hired a personal trainer. When we made the original plan, it ended on 31 December 2021 and he added the slogan “New Year, New You” to the plan. It’s the new year and, thankfully, big progress. I just committed for another three months and I’m really looking forward to every single upcoming workout. It’s fun! However, like many new things, there are new insights and … surprise surprise, some are statistical.Continue reading “Significant fitness”
It is important for us to appreciate the challenges facing education around the world, particularly in developing countries. Following a recent post by Monday Osagie Adenomon, “Data speak louder than words” (22 June 2021), I decided to add to the conversation, by reflecting on my experiences as an educator in another African country.Continue reading “COVID-induced nightmare for a big school in a developing country”
Nigeria is blessed with both natural and human resources. For this reason, it is often referred to as the giant of Africa. Harnessing these resources to increase the potential of Nigerians through increased employment, quality education and entrepreneurship cannot be down played.Continue reading “Data speak louder than words”
Are “data scientist” and “data engineer” different titles for someone doing the same type of work? Or do they present two different attitudes toward solving the same problems? Since data science has become a buzzword, internet discussions like this one have not stopped. Recently, several bloggers used “Data Engineers versus Data Scientists” as titles for their articles to express their views on these “terminologies” or “professions.”Continue reading “Data Engineers and Data Scientists in Statistics Education: University programs and teamwork”
The rules of evidence as presented in statistics textbooks are not the same as the informal criteria that statisticians and practitioners use in deciding what methods to use. What are the similarities and differences between statistical thinking and the modeling done in the physical sciences?Continue reading “The Way of the Statistician and the Way of the Physicist”
This is a post about a bad idea leading to a good one.
The bad idea: stochastic terrorism. I stumbled on a new term recently in an article shared by a friend, “stochastic terrorism.” Like any good statistician, I was fascinated (and a bit terrified). What could it mean?Continue reading “Stochastic statistics education: Randomly making the world a better place”
Most countries around the world have temporarily closed schools and universities as part of the lockdowns in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. These worldwide closures are impacting hundreds of millions of students.Continue reading “Education in COVID-19: From disruption to recovery”