About Peter Bruce

Peter Bruce is President of The Institute for Statistics Education at Statistics.com. He is the developer of Resampling Stats software and taught resampling statistics at UMD and elsewhere. He is the co-author of Data Mining for Business Intelligence (Wiley, 2nd ed., 2010).

Peter Bruce Posts (10)

  • What is Normal? - 31 Jul 2018
    I saw an article recently that referred to the normal curve as the data scientist's best friend. We examine myths around the normal curve, including - is most data normally distributed?
  • The Statistics of Gang Violence - 06 Jun 2018
    For Carlos Carcach, Professor & Director, Center for Public Policy at the Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN) in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, gangs are an object of intellectual curiosity and the subject of his research.
  • Are Scientists Doing Too Much Research? - 24 Nov 2017
    At the heart of this reproducibility problem is the statistical inference methods used to validate research findings—specifically the concept of “statistical significance.”
  • Monty Hall chooses the final exit door - 07 Oct 2017
    Monty Hall, the game show host, died last week. He was the host of the popular show "Let's Make a Deal", where contestants try to guess which one of 3 doors hides a valuable prize.
  • Eugenics – journey to the dark side at the dawn of statistics - 27 Apr 2016
    Today is the 80th anniversary of the death of Karl Pearson, one of the founding father of statistics (correlation coefficient, principal components, the p-value, and much more). He was also deeply involved with eugenics, a jarring reminder that truth often comes bundled with a measure of darkness.
  • Be Smarter Than Your Devices: Learn About Big Data - 07 Apr 2015
    If the Apple Watch rollout proves anything, it might be this: Going forward, we’ll all have to be as smart about data as our devices. Also, learn about the origins of "Big Data" term.
  • How Big Data Can Improve the Lives of the Poor - 31 Mar 2015
    The role of Big Data in allowing greater financial inclusion for the poor also is a trending Internet topic. But it’s mostly creating optimism and interest, rather than controversy and dissent.
  • Big Data accelerates medical research? Or not? - 26 Oct 2014
    Take a look at how big data in healthcare brings big opportunities, but along with those opportunities come great risk if statistics aren't carefully applied to those large datasets.
  • Perfume, computer programming, and Harvard - 08 Oct 2014
    What is the connection between Perfume, computer programming, and Harvard education? Peter Bruce explains.
  • Guidelines for statistical education - 31 Jul 2014
    Data science has grown in importance to the point where statistics education should begin to integrate data science into the core statistics curriculum, as opposed to treating data science as a separate strand.