Tag Archives: Hal Varian

Kaggle: crowdsourcing genius or statistical anomaly?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

In 2009 Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist, famously claimed that “the sexy job in the next ten years will be statistician”. It still sounds pretty improbable right?

I mean, when did you last see a data-analyst fighting off screaming groupies? Statistics isn’t even a cool branch of maths.

Real “pure” mathematicians wrestle with the fundamental mysteries of the universe. Statisticians …

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Is that a hard drive in your pocket?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… helps explain its eye popping $170Bn valuation.) Perhaps this is why Google’s chief economist Hal Varian has said that the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians, those with the ability to take data—to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it. If true, one day soon talking about the size of your hard drive won’t be such a first date disaster. Although still rather dull, at least it might indicate that you’ll …