2004 NESS KEYNOTE SPEAKERSGEORGE COBB AND ANDREW LO |

George W. Cobb

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Mount Holyoke College

GCobb@MtHolyoke.edu

What all these applications of statistics have in common, the glue that holds our universe together, is a reliance on mathematical models of uncertainty. Even as statistics has expanded the breadth and value of its achievements in applied areas, the core of our subject remains mathematical, and our future depends on attracting mathematically talented students. At most undergraduate colleges, the burden of doing that attracting falls to the mathematical statistics course, a course that has changed very little in half a century, despite extraordinary changes in the practice of statistics.

In my talk I will offer some criticisms of the traditional math stat course, and suggest some remedies and alternatives.

Andrew W. Lo

MIT

alo@mit.edu

Whitney K. Newey

MIT

wnewey@mit.edu

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