Peter Bruce is the founder and President of The Institute for Statistics Education at Statistics.com. The Institute specializes in introductory and graduate level online education in statistics, predictive modeling and quantitative analytics. icrunchdata news recently sat down with Peter to discuss his background, his career evolution and how he founded The Institute for Statistics Education providing training and certifications in Data Science and Statistics.
Peter, you have degrees in Russian from Princeton and Harvard, an MBA from the University of Maryland and began your career as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State.
Most of the people who deploy statistical and analytical models are not PhD mathematicians or statisticians. They have a need and an expertise in some specific area -- whether they are a programmer, a scientific researcher, an operations researcher, or whatever. Since I was not educated as a hard-core math quant, I feel considerable affinity for and sympathy with these folks, and have been driven to make sure that the statistics that we teach are grounded in common sense and in practical applications.
We have just over 100 courses and 4 certificate programs. We'll stay at 4 certificate programs for now, covering data science and research statistics, but we are adding some courses on using and writing API's, econometrics, and an applied predictive analytics capstone project.
More of a teacher in both these areas.
South and Southeast Asia - the outsourcing of IT that happened years ago is now shifting over to analytics.
I'd do the Arlington extension of the traditional DC things - Arlington Cemetery, Iwo Jima, the Robert E. Lee mansion that overlooks the cemetery and DC. As for eating, take the Orange or Silver Line to Clarendon and pop in almost any of the cafes and restaurants within a 5 minute walk (there are dozens).
This is going to sound sacrilegious, but I don't read business books. This is because I think the key elements of business success are pretty well-documented and don't need books: luck, leadership, organizational skills, and analytical ability. Most of what gets written in business books beyond that is the equivalent of fitting the noise in a predictive model. Or else padding. Right now I'm in the middle of "Going Clear," Lawrence Wright's expose of Scientology. Though I suppose that's a business book, in a way.
I'd love to have a transportation analytics/logistics firm. I know that's not "completely outside" of statistics and technology, but it would involve planes and trains.
Oman. I want to see the Empty Quarter. It's mostly in Saudi Arabia, but you can't get there that way.
Satya Nadella - saving Microsoft would make a great story. Also Donald Trump - he embodies the highest form of entertainment - farce. I think it was Oscar Wilde who said that the only unpardonable sin was to be boring.
Travel. Going to the Empty Quarter will be time-consuming. 'll need a camel.
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