International Year Of Statistics

2013 is the International Year of Statistics, a worldwide campaign supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and more than 2,020 other agencies and organizations in 123 countries. You may ask, “Why celebrate statistics?” Statistical sciences have powerful and far-reaching effects, and one of the goals of the year-long celebration is to help people understand and appreciate the impeccable impact these invisible sciences are having on our lives.

Statistical sciences are helping us find solutions to numerous global challenges, such as climate change, cancer research, security, energy, sustainability and environmental protection. Statistical sciences are becoming increasingly critical to academia, businesses, and government agencies, who are relying on data-driven analytics to make informed decisions. And, in the scientific and engineering communities, data and statistical sciences are enabling new discoveries in all disciplines and powering new areas of exploration. 

At NSF, statistical sciences are supported across the Foundation, though support primarily comes from various programs within the Division of Mathematical Sciences and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. Statistical sciences are supported through not only the core programs, but also through various national priority areas, such as these, among others:

Fragility, Robustness And Antifragility

Everything in life has nonlinear responses, from medical treatments to project management, for both benefits and harm (medical and economic iatrogenics). In this talk, Dr. Nasim Nicholas Taleb introduces the concept of fragility and antifragility, and maps them to nonlinearities in life and decision making.