General

  • No generalizing beyond the data, no theory. And no theory, no insight. And if no insight, why do research?

    Henry Mintzberg (1939 -)

  • Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.

    Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)

  • Conducting data analysis is like drinking a fine wine. It is important to swirl and sniff the wine, to unpack the complex bouquet and to appreciate the experience. Gulping the wine doesn't work.

    Daniel B. Wright

  • Data is the sword of the 21st century, those who wield it well, the Samurai.

    Jonathan Rosenberg (1962-)

  • Most real life statistical problems have one or more nonstandard features. There are no routine statistical questions; only questionable statistical routines.

    David R. Cox (1924 - )

  • Do not make things easy for yourself by speaking or thinking of data as if they were different from what they are; and do not go off from facing data as they are, to amuse your imagination by wishing they were different from what they are. Such wishing is pure waste of nerve force, weakens your intellectual power, and gets you into habits of mental confusion.

    Mary Everest Boole (1832-1916)

  • I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians

    Hal R. Varian (1947 - )

  • A statistical analysis, properly conducted, is a delicate dissection of uncertainties, a surgery of suppositions.

    Michael J Moroney (1940 - )

  • A highly trained mathematical statistician without knowledge of the subject can be quite as dangerous as a subject-matter specialist trying to use statistical methods of which he has little knowledge.

    Aryness Joy Wickens (1901 - 1991)

  • In our society, if you love dogs, cats, or goldfish you're considered normal and even nice. Say a kind word for statistics and you're regarded as a little mad.

    Robert J. Samuelson (1945 - )

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