Can a maths genius save the world?

This is a guest blog post by Laurie Miles, head of analytics, SAS UK & Ireland   If I were to believe the feedback I get, statisticians are among the most difficult people to work with. What’s more, they’re the only group that should be allowed to work in data analytics. It sounds harsh, but not only that, this may explain why big data projects continually fail to launch successfully in so many businesses. What businesses actually need is statisticians that are easy to work with, because conversations based primarily on maths and statistics do not solve business problems. Far from it, in fact. Businesses need to overcome the perception that data science – despite the lexicon – is about feeding data into an engine and analysing the statistics to…


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