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View Resource Quote: Oster on Data for Decisions

"The key to good decision making is evaluating the available information - the data - and combining it with your own estimates of pluses and minuses." A quote by Brown University economist Emily Fair Oster (1980 - ) that can be used in discussing the use of data in decision making or in discussing the Bayesian idea of updating prior knowledge with data. The quote is contained in an August 9,...
View Resource Quote: Sondergaard on Data Analytics

"Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine." A quote by Peter Sondergaard (1965 - ), senior vice president and global head of Research at Gartner, Inc. The quote may be used in discussing the importance of data and data analytics. The quote came from a speech given by Mr. Sondergaard at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in October, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.
View Resource Quote: Blinder on Statistics

"America is shamefully inadequate at teaching statistics. A student can travel from kindergarten to a Ph.D. without ever encountering the subject. Yet statistics are ubiquitous in life, and so should be statistical reasoning." A quote by American economist Alan S. Blinder (1945 - ) that can be used for discussing the importance of statistics and statistical reasoning. The quote appeared in the...
View Resource Cartoon: Placebo blocker

A cartoon that can be used in discussing the Placebo effect. The cartoon appeared in the web comic xkcd by Randell Patrick Munroe (
View Resource Song: Doin' Statistics

A song to reflect on the excitement of discovering the discipline of statistics. The song is a parody of "walking in Memphis," the 1991 hit of Grammy-winning artist Marc Cohn. The lyrics were written by Lawrence Mark Lesser of University of Texas at El Paso who first published them in the August 2014 issue of Amstat News. This song could enhance an outreach context, a general celebration of...
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