During January’s Royal Statistical Society's debate on 'What is the future of official statistics in the big data era?', John Pullinger described big data as 'a wakeup call for official statisticians'. Despite the huge challenges, there are indeed many who agree. Official statisticians around the world have been thinking about what big data means for them, and innovating in a wide range of fields, in all corners of the globe. An international conference on 'Big Data for Official Statistics' organised by the United Nations Statistics Division and the National Bureau of Statistics of China in late 2014 brought some of the movers and shakers together.
When the Open Data Institute (ODI) announced their new Roadmap earlier this year, one of the recommendations was to appoint a chief data officer to oversee the strategy of opening up data from within government.
The decision of one academic journal to ban null hypothesis significance testing procedures (NHSTP) has caused a stir in the statistical community. It makes you wonder if the editors of Basic and Applied Social Psychology, David Trafimow and Michael Marks, realised what a nerve they would hit when they published their editorial.
The Australian government’s recent proposal to axe the census has garnered considerable reaction from the nation’s statisticians and users. But on closer inspection, it might appear that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) were the ones behind the proposed axe.