The Effective Statistician - in association with PSI

The Effective Statistician - in association with PSI

The Effective Statistician - in association with PSI

Learnings from the COVID crisis for statisticians

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I discuss my learnings, my reflection about this, and what is the meaning of this situation for us, statisticians, and more significant factors like the following:

  • Hardly any tables out there, but lots of visualizations both interactive and explanatory - still most of our day-to-day jobs are providing tables
  • Get the data from many different sources - not just the one source at hand: e.g. the study currently working on; RWE, literature data, and other studies
  • Many misunderstandings on the sources of the data and comparisons across different sources (e.g. different countries) and then infer on the differences between the policy making in the different countries - where are the statisticians in the news explaining the numbers?
    • We need more leadership
    • Our associations need to step up and become more professional and impactful
    • We have a responsibility here
  • Responsibility for providing the numbers but also gives the background and advise on how to use the numbers - for example John Hopkins
    • FAQ not really helpful
    • What can be answered here and what not
    • How reliable is the data?
    • What are the strength and limitations?
    • Any guidance on the use of the data?
  • Do we train people on how to read our data? Or do we just through the tables over the fence for someone else to deal with it?
  • Power of scenario simulations - Washington Post article - great to show conditional probabilities e.g. if you have different prior information in Bayesian analyses

Listen to this timely episode and let me know what you think!


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About this podcast

The podcast from statisticians for statisticians to have a bigger impact at work. This podcast is set up in association with PSI - Promoting Statistical Insight. This podcast helps you to grow your leadership skills, learn about ongoing discussions in the scientific community, build you knowledge about the health sector and be more efficient at work. This podcast helps statisticians at all levels with and without management experience. It is targeted towards the health, but lots of topics will be important for the wider data scientists community.

by Alexander Schacht and Benjamin Piske, biometricians, statisticians and leaders in the pharma industry


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