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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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Mathematician wants the equivalent knowledge to a quality stats degree

I know people love to close duplicates so I am not asking for a reference to start learning statistics (as here). I have a doctorate in mathematics but never learned statistics. What is the shortest ...
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Having a job in data-mining without a PhD

I've been very interested in data-mining and machine-learning for a while, partly because I majored in that area at school, but also because I am truly much more excited trying to solve problems that ...
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Statistics interview questions

I am looking for some statistics (and probability, I guess) interview questions, from the most basic through the more advanced. Answers are not necessary (although links to specific questions on this ...
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Things to consider about masters programs in statistics

It is admission season for graduate schools. I (and many students like me) am now trying to decide which statistics program to pick. What are some things those of you who work with statistics suggest ...
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What theories should every statistician know?

I'm thinking of this from a very basic, minimal requirements perspective. What are the key theories an industry (not academic) statistician should know, understand and utilize on a regular basis? A ...
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What do statisticians do that can't be automated?

Will software eventually make statisticians obsolete? What is done that can't be programmed into a computer?
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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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Is it important for statisticians to learn machine learning?

Is machine learning an important subject for any statistician to become acquainted with? It seems that machine learning is statistics. Why don't statistics programs (undergraduate and graduate) ...
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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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Programmer looking to break into machine learning field

I am a software developer (mostly .NET and Python about 5 years experience). What can I do to help me get a job in the machine learning field or really anything that will get me started in that field? ...
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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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How far will self study get me?

I have never taken part in an official or structured data analysis or machine learning course (other than recent online offerings) and have learned most of what I know from reading and trying things ...
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What is it that a statistician does?

When I tell my non-statistical friends I am a grad student pursuing a PhD in statistics they naturally say "oh so you want to be a professor?". I tell them no I actually plan to work in industry. ...
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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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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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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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What data and statistics skills are currently in high demand and where are they in high demand?

I have a job doing data analysis in finance. My current job is such that I don't have much exposure to things happening in the rest of my industry or other industries. I have a fair amount of ...
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Advice For Graduate Students in Statistics

I have started my PhD in statistics this year, and I am looking for your best-practices, advice and (meta-advises) regarding how to grow and become a good academic researcher in the fields of ...
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How important is domain knowledge in our profession?

or: Does selecting a domain when entering a job narrows your future options for domains and hence jobs ? To make this question as broadly applicable as possible ... profession refers to all kinds of ...
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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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Obtaining SAS experience

I have been looking at analyst job postings and one of the most common requirement is experience of SAS. Unless your organisation currently uses SAS, how can you train as a SAS user? What ...
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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 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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What university level statistics courses are considered advanced/hard?

I've recently been looking for top-of-the-line statisticians in a recruiting process for our company. Myself, I'm a Physics Engineering major. I gather that great mathematical statisticians have ...
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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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Skills & coursework needed to be a data analyst

I am graduating with a bachelor's degree in applied math and I will pursue a master's degree in statistics this fall. There are many specialized fields in applied statistics. I realize I may be more ...
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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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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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What statistical tools does a analyst (financial) require?

I just graduated in engineering where I have a very strong background in pure maths, but unfortunately I didnt study any statistics in my course. I know calculus, probability theory, measure theory, ...
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Resume buzz words

It has come to my attention that companies will rank resumes based on buzz words and only look at those that have high scores assuming enough people submit for the position. I don't like this system ...
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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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If there was a certification exam for statisticians, what would be the syllabus?

If there was a certification exam for statisticians, what would be the syllabus, including the recommended reading material (to give an idea of the level of the exam)?
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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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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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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?

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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How to come up with research questions in statistical theory? [closed]

(I think this question is appropriate as a community wiki? If not, please close it, no hard feelings.) Does anybody have links to webpages/PDF files of advice for grad students in statistical theory ...
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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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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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PhD vs MS in biostatistics [closed]

What are the benefits of getting a PhD vs a masters in biostatistics (besides being a professor)? Will the first job will be the same for both levels? Does the PhD in biostatistics really make a ...
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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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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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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 are the characteristics for a problem to be statistical?

Today, I read a post Computing and Sustainability: What Can Be Done?. And I found that the author of this post can easily find statistical problems in other fields, such as computer science. Since as ...
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degree to become a statistician [closed]

what is the minimum entry degree to be employed as a statistician
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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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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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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 ...