This week's Biostatistics Seminar will feature Dr. Joel B. Greenhouse, Professor of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University who will present his talk, "Statistical Thinking and Public Health".
Abstract: Perhaps in response to the emergence of the field of Data Science, many in the Statistics community have been actively promoting the central role of statistical thinking in the practice of statistics. Brown and Kass, for example, assert that “. . . the primary goal of statistical training at all levels should be to help students develop statistical thinking.” Little, however, has been written about what statistical thinking is. In this talk I enumerate key elements of statistical thinking and illustrate the role good statistical thinking has played in advancing the public health and biomedical sciences.