Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sexy statistics

"I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. People think I’m joking, but who would’ve guessed that computer engineers would’ve been the sexy job of the 1990s? The ability to take data—to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it—that’s going to be a hugely important skill in the next decades..."

Hal Varian (UC Berkeley), Google's Chief Economist, The McKinsey Quarterly, January 2009

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