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Will automatic ML platforms replace the applied statistician? [closed]

In the last years, we have seen rapid advances in several fields related to computing and statistics. This led to statistical/ML models that are easy to use, applicable in several tasks, and perform ...
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Has R fluency overtaken SAS in terms of being more popular as a hiring requirement? [closed]

Seems like when I first graduated (was a while ago, life went in a different direction and I wasn't an analyst for long), almost all the job listings wanted SAS? While R had only got limited traction ...
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Management/Leadership/Social Type Careers in Statistics?

I'm a graduate student in statistics and have been working on a number of projects recently, some of which I've taken a bit of a leadership role in. I am starting to have a hunch that I might enjoy a ...
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Course of Study and Career Options [closed]

I am facing a bit of a quandary and would greatly appreciate the advice of some experts. Thank you in advance! I graduated as a Math and Physics double major a few years ago. I have worked in data ...
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Risk of online schools [closed]

So I am currently working as a senior software engineer at a fortune 500 but not one of the ones known for it's software. I have worked here for four years after getting out of the military. I am ...
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Is studying Machine Learning really just learning a bunch of algos? [closed]

I've been watching some introduction Machine Learning videos just to see what it's all about and so far my takeaway has been that it just involves learning a bunch of algos (regression, k means, ...
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Random matrix theory and research - a lot like doing linear algebra?

I've been searching for a subfield of research to get into and wonder whether random matrix theory could suit me well; it seems like it does, because the stuff I read, and the seminars that I watch ...
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What must someone know in statistics and machine learning? [closed]

There seem to be two different worlds in statistics. On one hand, there are the practitioners which run the same tests again and again. On the other hand, there is this overwhelming and seemingly ...
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Now that I've theoretical foundation in ML, where can I find simple, already solved, practice exercises to better my understanding of data science?

I've studied and understood well quite a bit of theoretical concepts of Machine Learning (except Deep Learning): e.g. the mathematics behind several classification and clustering algorithms, SGD and ...
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Which industry has more interesting use cases and more room to learn for Data Scientist, between Retail and Banking? [closed]

I am posing this question here due to the active community of Data Scientist and people with real industry experience here. I did not put in career advice because this is where we have real people ...
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Self-Study Plan Help (no undergrad math or stats experience)

This has been answered in part in many places but here I am asking again. Background: I did calculus and vectors and advanced functions in high school. Then I did a bachelor's degree in social work ...
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Where Are Statisticians Going? [closed]

There is an interesting thread I was reading here, discussing the "future of statistics." This got me thinking about the future careers which may be in-demand and future careers which may be created ...
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The Masters of Applied Statistics (MAS) is a fairly new degree option. Have they proven to be a good way to start a career as a statistician?

Most MAS programs are only a few years old, and as such it's hard to find information on career outcomes of program graduates. I'm wondering if anyone who has worked with an MAS graduate, or who has ...
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Should I pursue a PhD in Statistics? [closed]

I am trying to decide whether or not I should take a PhD program in Statistics. I am not inclined to get a position at a university after my PhD, my goal is rather to get hired by Contract Research ...
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Which are the favoured places to look for jobs? [closed]

Apologies if this is not an appropriate question for this forum. I haven't been able to find a good answer elsewhere. As per subject really, where do people go to look for academic statistical jobs (...
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Books for non-statistician? [duplicate]

I have an educational background of biological sciences. I do not have formal education in mathematics or stats. I have been involved in medical research that has statistical methods like regression, ...
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Relevance of a PhD with a quantitative psychology group for applied math

I first posted this question in academia.se, there it was suggested that I could try at the field's specific se. If it is off-topic for here, I will gladly remove it. My background is in mathematics, ...
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Which of the following statistics courses are the most applicable and useful in finance/tech industry? [closed]

I'm in the process of selecting 3 statistics classes to take for my Applied Math course cluster (doing my concentration in actuarial science or statistical analysis). Which 3 classes out of the ...
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GLM or Statistical Inference for Machine Learning?

First of all: I don't know if this is the correct place to ask this question. If it is not, please help me deciding where I should post it. I want to study Machine Learning as a MSc (UCL if possible) ...
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Most efficient way to direct my studies for a career in Data Science/ML? [closed]

First, I don't know if this question is suitable for this site. I tried posting to Quora, but the length was too long. If it's not an acceptable question, would someone please suggest a more ...
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Doing correct statistics in a working environment?

I am not sure where this question belongs to: Cross Validated, or The Workplace. But my question is vaguely related to statistics. This question (or I guess questions) arose during my working as a "...
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What areas of mathematical statistics are highly employable?

I'm about to finish my honours in statistics, and I really want to do a PhD because I find mathematical statistics extremely interesting. Areas of research I most want to do a PhD in are stochastic ...
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Do private-sector statisticians try to determine causality?

Academic econometricians are often interested in determining causality. It seems like all the private-sector statistical/ data science jobs I hear about are only looking for predictive models. Are ...
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Is real analysis necessary for statisticians? [closed]

I'm almost finishing the undergraduate course in Statistics. Is it worth take a course in Real Analysis if I don't intend to do the master's degree? This will help me in something in the labor market ?...
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Do statisticians need to be good programmers/coders to do their job well? [closed]

I'm interested in majoring in statsitics in my university as an under-grad. I am wondering whether I need to be a good programmer to do statistics because I really struggled in python and java even ...
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What is a data scientist?

Having recently graduated from my PhD program in statistics, I had for the last couple of months began searching for work in the field of statistics. Almost every company I considered had a job ...
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How can a PhD in Machine Learning and AI help you in a life out of Academia? [closed]

I have applied for a PhD in Computer Science. I do not however plan to become an academic afterwards. What I want to achieve is to try to commercialize my research by founding a startup or find a job ...
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What significant problems/solutions have you experienced working with software engineers? [closed]

This question is probably at least applicable for those of you that work in a commercial setting. I am working in a rather general way on process improvements with regards to communicating (or not ...
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Getting started as a statistics consultant [closed]

Just by being on CV for a little while now, I've noticed that a lot of the higher reputation users run their own consultation firms. As a new(ish) statistician looking to start his own consultation ...
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Opportunities in machine learning and computational intelligence [closed]

I'm not sure this is the right site to post my question. If not, please direct me to the right one. I'm interested in machine learning and computational intelligence. I've spent the last year of my ...
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Do I need to be a mathematician to be more than an expert in machine learning? [closed]

Machine learning has its roots principally in mathematics so if I wanted to be not only an expert but an innovator in this area would I have to be a computer scientist or would I need to be a ...
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Difference in value between Biostatistics or Bioinformatics masters? [closed]

I'm a mathematics and economics double major and I've been very interested in attending Georgetown's MS programs in Bioinformatics and biostatistics. However, I'm not so sure which one I should ...
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Biostatistics book for mathematician

It would be great if you could recommend me some books on biostatistics for people with a solid background in mathematics. I have an MSc in mathematics and a PhD in bioinformatics/machine learning, ...
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Key points for unofficial stats-101 for service guys?

Background: In my previous job there was an official "stats 101" course. It was brilliant. It gave all the production and engineering folks a shared vocabulary, and provided a decent foundation to ...
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What are hot research topics for PhD dissertation in Biostatistics?

I've been thinking of choosing research topics for PhD dissertation in Biostatistics. I wish to know some hot research topics in recent years. As far as I know, some hot research topics are: High-...
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Does a degree in statistics make one a more rational thinker? [closed]

All my life I have been plagued by mental illness, delusion, superstition. I have come to see the value of science and rationality and skepticism but don't really know how to think in a more ...
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Starting to apply theoretical "data science" learnings to real-world data sets

I've been reading a number of data science books recently (Python, R, etc), plus attempting a number of the MOOC courses, and so on, and the content is reasonably consistent: regression, ...
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Graduate Degree Choices for Data Science?

I'm currently finishing up a B.S. in mathematics and would like to attend graduate school (a master's degree for starters, with the possibility of a subsequent Ph.D.) with an eye toward entering the ...
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Do I need to have a Master's degree in "Statistics" in order to be qualified as a statistician? [closed]

I am a recent graduate from my university and my undergraduate degree is in Statistics. I really like Statistics, and possibly will try to make a living as a statistician. I am looking into a Master's ...
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PhD in statistics, but unsure of how much pure math is needed as requirements

I am applying to a PhD program in biostatistics, and my undergrad was in B.S. applied math and limited pure math background; only topology and some analysis. My question, though, is how much pure ...
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statistical careers where you get to move around? [closed]

I'm about to get my PhD. My background is in engineering and applied mathematics. My research in statistical & machine learning methods for biological applications (without being too specific). ...
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List of suitable job positions for data analyst

While searching for a job for data analyst I found out that many jobs where data analysis is widely used do not include "data" or "statistics" in position title, for example credit specialist, ...
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What is the daily job routine of the machine learning scientist?

I'm a master CS student in a German university now writing my thesis. I will be done in two months I have to make the very hard decision if I should continue with a PhD or find a job in the industry. ...
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Any known example of research project being led by statistician in public health

(I am fully aware that my topic may not be relevant here, do let me know if this is true.) I am a research staff with training in epidemiology and biostatistics, working in government organization on ...
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Can I learn SAS online? [closed]

I'll complete my Master's degree in a year and I was thinking of learning SAS as I've heard it gives you an edge over other candidates while being recruited. Could you tell me if I can learn it online ...
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Do I have to learn SAS if I want to go into industry?

I am currently a PhD student in Biostatistics (finishing my 2nd year). My original goal when entering graduate school was to go into academia. Recently I have been debating this choice and wondering ...
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Transition from pure mathematics to statistics via operational research

I am currently studying an M.Sc. in pure mathematics (my dissertation focuses on category/set theory)). However recently I have decided that I wish to transition to a much more applied field. During ...
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How much does it matter if my Masters is in stats or math (in a stats track)

I have a choice of Master's programs in statistics, one of which is formally a program in applied statistics, the other is formally in math with an applied statistics "track". The courses in the 2 ...
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How helpful is a quant job in Goldman Sachs for later PhD in Machine Learning? [closed]

I am a masters in Computer Science and am interested in pursuing a career in Machine Learning, possibly academic, in the long run. I have been offered a position related to Financial Modelling at ...
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Parametric vs. Nonparametric

I did perform a search for this question (I thought it was bound to be asked), but I haven't found one; hopefully this won't be a duplicate. I'm trying to decide if I should take a course in stats ...
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