In the future, Mr. Spock will use STATISTICA

Hello, I am Paul Hiller, marketing specialist at StatSoft HQ. I am a statistician neither by training nor osmosis, so I guess that makes me one of the outliers around here. Despite this, I did enjoy (and pass) a college-level Statistics 101 course many years ago. My instructor’s name was Jean Spath. I remember her name because she announced confidently on Day One, “My name is Jean SPATH, rhymes with MATH, so you’ll never forget it.” And she was right!

In case you are wondering, this is not a photo of me.

Blogwise, I have been invited to contribute a layman’s perspective, and so today I have decided to jot down some random thoughts about Star Trek, statistical glossary terms, and other musings that have formed during my time with the StatSoft team…

  • In the future, Mr. Spock will use STATISTICA. And why not? BIG data will have given way to GALACTIC data by then, and it is only logical he will want the best tool for real-time scoring when going where no man has gone before.
  • Analytics–Wasn’t that the name they gave to a U.S.S. Enterprise systems check in Star Trek ? No, wait–that was diagnostics, as in, “Run a Level 3 Diagnostic, Mr. LaForge.”
  • Captain Kirk always asked Mr. Spock for “analysis”…before proceeding to defy the odds anyway.
  • The U.S.S. STATISTICA was not the name of a federation science vessel. But it should have been!
  • It just occurred to me that U.S.S. STATISTICA sounds so natural because of that other classic TV show, Battlestar Galactica. Statistica. Galactica. Statistica. Galactica.
  • Glad to see our Facebook galactics–um, analytics have shown increased engagement lately. We even bumped up on Klout this week! (Okay, this one isn’t such a random thought, because obviously I had to pause and look up the Klout score.)
  • On the whole, predictive analytics certainly seems a smarter way to go than using a crystal ball or flipping a coin.
  • Big Data — Is that the next straw man industry to be subjected to government harassment when political expediency demands it? Like Big Oil, Big Pharma, and Big Auto?
  • On the other hand, “The Box and Whisker” would be a good name for an Irish pub.
  • RE: “2D Matrix Plots,” I enjoyed all three of them. Did the Wachowski Brothers ever develop a 3D Matrix Plot for #4? Early rumors were confirmed false.
  • Come to think of it, recalling the 0s and 1s raining down the big screen in “The Matrix”–now that was some big data!
  • When it comes to heuristics, is the statement that a consumer product “may help reduce the risk of [something]” as useless as it sounds?
  • I suspect a “Recursive Filter” is something I should avoid when brewing coffee.
  • Sun Ray Plots can be so dramatic! Check out this grouping here in St. Johns, Woking, England.
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StatSoft, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is now one of the largest global providers of analytic software worldwide. StatSoft is also the largest manufacturer of enterprise-wide quality control and improvement software systems in the world, and the only company capable of supporting its QC products worldwide, with wholly owned subsidiaries in all major markets (StatSoft has 23 full-service offices, on all continents), and its software is available in more than 10 languages.

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