Articles by Richard DeVeaux

2013 International Year of Statistics

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2013 is the International Year of Statistics! What, you didn’t know??? It’s actually pretty cool: there are nearly 2000 organizations – universities, government agencies, schools, societies and research institutions – from over 120 countries participating in the activities. Here’s a map (from Smith College students Sarah Alper and Brittany Claiborne): What’s great is the diversity

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Math Awareness Month — Mathematics, Statistics, and the Data Deluge.

In case you haven’t heard, it’s Math Awareness Month and this year the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) has chosen as the 2012 theme — the Data Deluge that surrounds us all.  Because this Big Data theme obviously involves statistics, the MAA has teamed with the American Statistical Association (ASA) for many of their events.

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Math is Music

Almost 30 years ago, something happened that made introductory statistics harder to teach. Students didn’t suddenly become less teachable, nor did professors forget their craft. It was that we began to switch from teaching statistics as a mathematics course to teaching the art and craft of statistics as its own discipline. When statistics was viewed as

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