When it comes to choosing statistical methodology, Jason Brinkley of the American Institutes for Research believes that good versus bad is the wrong debate. Instead, he encourages statisticians to be as curious as possible and less critical when working with subject-matter experts who may not have a background in analytics. He promises that curiosity builds rapport and leaves experts with excitement and a better understanding of their data.
On the table for discussion:
- Why subject-matter experts are better off when they understand their data.
- How traditional statistics has missed an opportunity.
- Why it takes a long time for some methods to gain popularity.
- Working across disciplines to share analytics methods.
- The skills that future data analysts should have.
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