Tuesday 19 October 2010

UN World Statistics Day

We're told that SAS no longer stands for Statistical Analysis System, but it's still used for an awful lot of statistical analysis. So, it's worth noting that tomorrow (Wednesday October 20th) has been named World Statistics Day (WSD) by the United Nations. The UN's intent is to raise awareness of the importance of official statistics and the contribution of statisticians to our society.

The day will be celebrated worldwide. In the UK, the Office for National Statistics will be working hard to use national and regional media to publicise the work of statisticians, and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is planning to launch a ten-year campaign to improve statistical literacy.

Jim Goodnight, SAS CEO, has published a YouTube video to commemorate the day. And you can follow WSD on Twitter: @WorldStatDay