Nov 12, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Statistical Science


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www.smu.edu/statistics

Professor Lynne Stokes, Department Chair

Professors: Ronald Butler, Daniel Heitjan, Hon Keung Ng, Lynne Stokes, Sherry Wang
Associate Professors: Jing Cao, Ian Harris, Monnie McGee
Assistant Professors: Chul Moon, Cornelis Potgieter
Senior Lecturers: Alan Elliot, Stephen Robertson
Lecturers: Mahesh Fernando

General Information

Statistical data scientists are specialists in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. There is an accelerating demand for experts in statistical analysis and data analytics because of today’s big data phenomenon fueled by an explosion of data from sources such as sensors, social media, cloud computing, medical instruments, business processes and surveys. As a result, the field of statistics will be increasingly more fundamental to academia, business and government in order to accommodate the escalating dependence on data-driven decisions. An attractive aspect of the statistics profession is the wide variety of problems that can be addressed:

  • Government agencies such as the U.S. Census Bureau and the Food and Drug Administration need statisticians.
  • Manufacturing and related industries employ statisticians to work in areas such as quality and productivity.
  • Banks and insurance companies hire statisticians to assist in modeling financial data.
  • Medical schools, research hospitals and pharmaceutical companies typically employ statistical specialists as biostatisticians.

Because of its interdisciplinary nature, statistical science is a valuable double major or minor.

Programs

    Major(s)Minor(s)

    Courses

      Statistical Science

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