• “The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.”– Carly Fiorina, former CEO, Hewlett-Packard Co.

  • “Data is the new science. Big data holds the answers.”– Pat Gelsinger, CEO, EMC

  • “Hiding within those mounds of data is knowledge that could change the life of a patient, or change the world.”– Atul Butte, Stanford

  • “You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.”– Daniel Keys Moran, Programmer and Author

  • “Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine.”– Peter Sondergaard, SVP, Gartner Research

  • I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians. And I’m not kidding.”– Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google

  • "Data scientist is just a sexed up word for statistician."- Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight blog and a Special Correspondent for ABC News.

  • "Data scientists are statisticians because being a statistician is awesome and anyone who does cool things with data is a statistician."- Robert Rodriguez, President, American Statistical Association

  • "Data scientists are involved with gathering data, massaging it into a tractable form, making it tell its story, and presenting that story to others."- Mike Loukides, VP, O’Reilly Media

  • “Think analytically, rigorously, and systematically about a business problem and come up with a solution that leverages the available data.”- Michael O'Connell, Sr. Director of Analytics, TIBCO

  • "By definition all scientists are data scientists. In my opinion, they are half hacker, half analyst, they use data to build products and find insights."-Monica Rogati,  VP for Data, Jawbone

  • "A data scientist is someone who can obtain, scrub, explore, model and interpret data, blending hacking, statistics and machine learning. Data scientists not only are adept at working with data, but appreciate data itself as a first-class product."- Hillary Mason, Data Scientist, Accel, Scientist Emeritus, bitly, co-founder, HackNY

  • "A significant constraint on realizing value from Big Data will be a shortage of talent, particularly of people with deep expertise in statistics and machine learning, and the managers and analysts who know how to operate companies by using insights from Big Data."2011 McKinsey report (see resources below)

  • "We project a need for 1.5 million additional managers and analysts in the United States who can ask the right questions and consume the results of the analysis of Big Data effectively."2011 McKinsey report (see resources below)

  • "The data scientist was called, only half-jokingly, 'a caped superhero.'"Ben Rooney, Wall Street Journal

  • "By 2018 the United States will experience a shortage of 190,000 skilled data scientists, and 1.5 million managers and analysts capable of reaping actionable insights from the big data deluge."- 2013 McKinsey report (see resources below)

  • "Autodidacts – the self-taught, uncredentialed, data-passionate people – will come to play a significant role in many organizations’ data science initiatives."Neil Raden, CEO & Principal Analyst, Hired Brains Research

  • “Statistics are ubiquitous in life, and so should be statistical reasoning.”Alan Blinder, former Federal Reserve vice chairman and Princeton academic

  • "My organization is slowly embracing predictive analytics outside of our environmental concerns, so this course contributes directly to strengthening my R toolkit!"Dr. Jonathan Jenkins

  • "More and more medical students are submitting systematic reviews and associated meta-analyses, to meet research exposure requirements, in the Basic Sciences Programs of their medical school education, here in the Caribbean. The course provided me with a unique and much appreciated opportunity to learn much more about the technique, its underlying principles, and how to correctly apply the tool whenever evaluating a collection of primary studies. Time and energies committed to the course have been very well spent."William Keller

  • "After trying to learn meta-analysis from various texts (e.g., Hunter et al., 2004; Cooper et al., 2009 and others), I found the Borenstein text and CMA software to be *extremely* user-friendly.  It made the selection of fixed-effect or random-effects models much easier to understand, and the presentation of the math was very straightforward.  If I could write a book, I would want to do it this way.  Each chapter was short and to the point.  Not a lot of extras, but a sufficient number of worked examples to make it work.  The software is very easy to use, and I appreciate the continual improvement that seems to be made.  You and your colleagues have done something incredible here."Chad Briggs

  • "It will help me gain confidence with conducting data analysis using R.  I have tried a few R MOOCs in the past which helped me start out using R but I had not found a comprehensive intro to R that I could use more broadly - this course really succeeds with accomplishing that."Dalia Estrada-Pintel

  • "This course has given me a much better understanding of biostatistics and will allow me to gain more from my campus based studies,"Leighton Anderson

  • "This course supplied a solid foundation for identifying statistical outliers in demand patterns for business planning purposes.  In addition, it has deepened my understanding of statistical safety stock calculations & inventory level decision making."James Migliano

  • This course fundamentally deepened my understanding of statistics and studies. I will certainly apply the knowledge gained as often as possible.  Absolutely vital course for understanding basic epidemiology, studies and statistics. THANK YOU. I would recommend that everyone get a copy of the textbook before class though. It complements the ActivEpi CD extremely well.Timothy Berlyn

  • This course will greatly contribute to my work as environmental data scientist and division director.  This course was a great introduction of how to use R to fit the models and how to interpret the R output!Jonathan Jenkins

  • Great explanations provided by the course instructor in the videos and on the discussion board.  The Assistant Teacher was very diligent and professional in reaching out to me and giving me every opportunity to be successful in this course!  Definitely a wonderful experience!!!Jonathan Jenkins

  • Using information gleaned from the course concerning a not-well-known distance measure (Gower dissimilarity) useful for cluster models that combine data from mixed variables, including nominal, ordinal, and numeric variables, I was able to refine a model I was working on for an academic conference paper.  More broadly, the subject of identifying anomalies is a central task of academic historians, and this course allowed me the welcome luxury to reflect on their nature and methods of discovery.Milan Hejtmanek

  • I am now confident that I can use R and continue learning on my own.  The course also helped me to explore other resources within the R community online.  I'm looking forward to using R in data analysis for my masters thesis and beyond.Brooke Eastman

  • The two instructors are to be congratulated in putting together a jewel of a short course, one of my very favorite among the many I have taken at Statistics.com.  The discussion with such experts was particularly valuable and greatly enhanced the value of the course.  If there were an extension to this course, I would gladly take it.Milan Hejtmanek

  • I felt this class did a good job of reinforcing concepts and their application, and not getting caught up in the algorithms.  The TA feedback was invaluable to me. Thank you!Thomas Higgins

  • There are many things I like about your educational product.  You include variety, such as the videos, the homework, the quizzes, the textbook, and the discussion board.  You have well-thought out curriculum that shows a respect for good pedagogy.  Your instructors are amazing!  They are brilliant, and they respond very quickly!  You apply real-world needs to the material being taught instead of having students memorize formulas or be confined within an academic-only practice of modeling.Jennifer Oesch

  • I realized that I deal with statistics every day. We covered issues that pertain to real life and I now feel I have knowledge about important issues I was previously unaware about.Amelia Feuer

  • Overall, the instructor and the assistant instructors were responsive and helpful. The homework grading was done in a timely way and the model answers were helpful.  All in all, I learned a lot and am eager to practically apply these strategies.Katherine Michael

  • "This was a real eye-opener to me.  In short, a real joy to follow this course and be part of this learning process.  It also helped me to see links I didn't see before where I could use different methods to improve upon organizations."Erik Muylle

  • "This course will help me evaluate and code speech recognition tools and develop information extration models.  It will guide me toward what to cconsider and keep me from falling into some traps."William Barbour

  • I understand now what ANOVA is and it seems this is something I can definitely use from time to time for my job tasks.  That's the best to finish a course with the feeling of understanding and getting better in something.  Great course!Arnaud David

  • This course is really a ""dream come true"" for me. In the real sense- ""This course is at par to what the researchers are working on"".Vinuth Tulasi

  • "I fully enjoyed the challenge of working through the assignments and reading Dr. Pardoe's book. I gained some new insights into regression analysis. In other words, my horizons were expanded and I learned a great deal."Phillip Palmer

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