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Activity Number: 502 - Essential Skills for Communicating Statistics
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Royal Statistical Society
Abstract #323351 View Presentation
Title: Essential Skills for Communicating Statistics
Author(s): Neda Afsarmanesh* and Carl Bialik* and Emma Pierson* and Liberty Vittert* and Howard Wainer* and John Bailer*
Companies: Sense About Science USA and Yelp and Stanford University and University of Glasgow and Statistician and author and Miami University, and Stats+Stories podcast
Keywords: data literacy ; communication skills ; statistical literacy ; communicating statistics

As the theme of this year's JSM makes clear, statistics is essential. People from all walks of life, often without realizing it, rely on statistics and statistical analysis to improve their understanding of the world and to make better decisions. But making sense of statistics can be a challenge for those not trained in the subject. If the world is to acquire "a new data literacy", as called for by former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, statisticians must become skilled at explaining to various audiences, with different levels of expertise, what it is that they do and the methods they use to understand and interpret data. In this panel session, Significance Magazine brings together a broad range of experts, with a wide set of communication skills, to share their knowledge, to offer advice, and to debate the opportunities and the challenges of statistical communication.

Authors who are presenting talks have a * after their name.

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