The Invisible Humanities

This past week, I was struck by announcements of two talks at New College by well-known statisticians. The first, entitled “The Fundamental Connection between Humanities and Data Science,” was given by Dr. Bill Kahn, the vice president of the Bank of America who oversees consumer analytics.  The second, “Ask not what Data Science can do for the Humanities, but what the Humanities can do for Data Science,” will be the subject of a talk by Professor George Cobb, an icon in applied statistics and statistical education. Both titles use the word “humanities.”  That alone is worth mention. We understand the significance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.  So, no one has to make the case for the importance of data science. Many in our region of Florida understand…


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