Statistics Views, the statistics website of the publishers of the Royal Statistical Society’s Journal, Wiley Blackwell, has just published an interview with John Pullinger as he begins his presidency of the Society.
In the interview (viewable as video footage and in transcript format), John talks about his career as a statistician and its highlights so far. He explains why big data is so important at the moment, and the potential for innovation that it could bring – as well as the challenges that come with it.
John also talks of another important role for statistics – in measuring progress and guiding policy making decisions, commenting that ‘statisticians need to have a seat at these decision-making tables.’ He also outlines the importance of recognising professional statisticians, and the value of chartered status.
Another priority outlined by John is promoting the value of professional statisticians, particularly those with chartered status. ‘We need to distinguish professional statisticians from someone who uses statistics to support an argument and purely purvey the numbers for their own use,’ he says.
Read/watch the interview in full here