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Peter Bruce founded The Institute for Statistics Education at Statistics.com in 2002. He is a co-author of "Data Mining for Business Analytics", 5 editions with Korean and Chinese translations (Wiley), and "Practical Statistics for Data Scientists: 50 Essential Concepts" (O’Reilly, 2017), the author of "Introductory Statistics and Analytics: A Resampling Perspective" (Wiley), and the co-developer of Resampling Stats software.
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Masters Programs versus an Online Certificate in Data Science from Statistics.com

We just attended the analytics conference of INFORMS' (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) this week in Baltimore, and they held a special meeting for directors of academic analytics programs to better align what universities are producing with what industry is seeking. The number of such programs is still growing rapidly (>200), and demand for the available slots is strong. I spoke with representatives from a number of such programs.

By and large, the fees they charge range from above $20,000 to over $50,000. Certificate programs from the Institute for Statistics Education offer roughly the same scope and range of instruction (assessed at just under 30 credits by the American Council on Education), at a small fraction of the price - $5000. The courses are 4-weeks long, start throughout the year, and feature small classes where you interact with your instructor (a noted expert in the field) on a regular basis. Our online certificate Programs in Analytics and Statistical Studies(PASS) are available in four areas:

You can start at any time; you can also take a course or two first, then join. Apply at any time - there's no fee.


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Would you read a postcard from Sears? Revolutions in marketing before the digital age

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Digital marketing nowadays is powered by cutting-edge machine learning technologies (and not so cutting-edge analytical methods). 

Digital methods, however, were not nearly as revolutionary in their impact as the advent of direct mail, pioneered by the Wards and Sears catalogs nearly a century and a half ago. Riding on the backs of an…


The Real Facebook Controversy

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 9:00am 1 Comment

Cambridge Analytica’s wholesale scraping of Facebook user data is big news now, and people are “shocked” that personal data is being shared and traded on a massive scale on the internet. But the real issue with social media is not harm to individual users whose information was shared, but sophisticated and sometimes subtle mass manipulation of social and political behavior by bad actors, facilitated by deceit, fraud, and amplification of lies that spread easily through societal…


Higher Ed — will it adapt?

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 10:30am 0 Comments



The “Big Think” on Statistical Inference

Posted on January 2, 2018 at 9:00am 3 Comments

Remember the …


Are Scientists Doing Too Much Research?

Posted on November 27, 2017 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

It sounds almost absurd, but that could be one factor behind the so-called “reproducibility crisis”

It sounds almost heretical to ask the question: Is there too much scientific research?…


Finding "Gems" in Big Data

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

(Photo credit:  Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0)

In 1945, Count ,Richard Taaffe* a Dublin gem collector, was sorting through a set of spinel gems that he had bought, and found one that…


The Hot Hand Rises Again

Posted on April 6, 2015 at 10:40am 0 Comments

Next month marks the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s first home run.

This year, opening day in baseball signals the “closing day” for one of the classic truisms among sports statisticians: the belief that there…


Be as Smart as Your Devices: Learn About Big Data

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 4:30am 0 Comments

When Apple CEO Tim Cook finally unveiled his company’s new Apple Watch in a widely-publicized rollout earlier this month, most of the press coverage centered on its cost ($349 to start) and whether it would be as popular among consumers as the iPod or iMac.

Nitin Indurkhya saw things differently.

“I think the…


How Big Data Can Change Our Lives: A Powerful Final Plea

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Before Los Angeles Times reporter Laurie Becklund died of metastatic breast cancer earlier this month, she wrote a powerful final column. She asked friends and family not to say that she died fighting a courageous battle, a meaningless, trite phrase. She excoriated the pink ribbon and…


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