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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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degree to become a statistician [closed]

what is the minimum entry degree to be employed as a statistician
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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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Data Analysis Work— Is there Any Freelance Opportunity? [closed]

Just wonder, is there any data analysis/ statistic/ data mining work that are available on freelance basis? This could be subjective and argumentative, which is why I put it as CW.