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Overview Statistics is a means of analyzing data to gain insight into real problems. It is focused on problem solving, rather than on methods that may be useful in specific settings. Statistics is unique in its ability to quantify uncertainty. Thus statistics has become a crucial tool in all aspects of modern society, providing insight in such fields as public policy, law, medicine, the social sciences, and the natural sciences.
The Division of Statistics shares the newly emerged consensus among statisticians that statistical education should focus primarily on data analysis and on statistical reasoning, rather than on the presentation of a coterie of methods. As importantly, the division believes that the mathematical tools underlying statistical inference are significant and necessary for statistics education, but those tools must necessarily remain secondary in the training of statisticians. Because of these views, the statistics program strongly emphasizes its consulting service, which provides statistical consultation to all branches of the University. Through this service, statistics students gain valuable insight into all branches of the field while acquiring practical training in problem solving.
The Division of Statistics offers a broad range of courses covering all areas of applied and theoretical statistics. In cooperation with the division, the Department of Mathematics offers a minor in statistics.
Faculty The faculty consist of six full-time, two half-time, and three adjunct appointments. The half-time faculty have primary appointments in the department of mathematics, and the three adjunct faculty have primary appointments in the departments of biostatistics, economics, and systems engineering. This collection of disciplines, in addition to the interests of the full-time faculty, ensures that the division is able to cater to the interests of diverse students.
Students Students who graduate with in-depth training in statistics enjoy a large range of opportunities. Some pursue employment in the public or private sector, working as actuaries, consultants, data analysts, or teachers, among many fields. Others do graduate study in fields such as economics, finance, mathematics, operations research, psychology, and, of course, statistics.
Requirements for Minor In cooperation with the division, the Department of Mathematics offers a minor in statistics. The description and prerequisites of this program are located within the description of the mathematics majors program. In majors programs within several other departments, statistics courses offered by the division may sometimes be counted towards that department's majors program; students should consult individual departments to ascertain current rules and practices.
Additional Information For more information contact Daniel Keenan, Graduate and Undergraduate Advisor, Division of Statistics, 109 Halsey Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903; (804) 924-3048; Fax: (804) 924-3076.
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