Head over to the HRB Blog Network and read Walter Frick's interview with Nate Silver. Mr. Silver was last year's data-divining darling of the U.S. election, author of "The Signal and the Noise," and our Measurement Geek of the Year. He provides some advice for those who want to improve their statistical abilities, including:
- "getting your hands dirty with the data set is, I think, far and away better than spending too much time doing reading and so forth."
- "the thing that’s toughest to teach is the intuition for what are big questions to ask."
- "An ideal situation is when you’re studying on your own and maybe you have some type of mentor who you talk to now and then."
- "If you can’t present your ideas to at least a modestly larger audience, then it’s not going to do you very much good."
- "if you feel like you’re expressing yourself... and you’re still not being listened to, then maybe it’s time to change careers. ...people who have analytic talent are very much in demand right now across a lot of fields so people can afford to be picky to an extent." --Bill Paarlberg, editor (Thanks to Phil Ebersole's blog for the illustration.)