True Adventures in Applied Statistics
Statistician and Consultant, Dale Rhoda, recently visited Denison to share stories of his adventures in statistics. From working for Batelle, to studying at MIT, Dale now finds himself as a consultant at Biostat Global Consulting, a company he started. It is Biostat’s goal to use data and statistical analysis to help clients, such as Batelle, Unicef, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, to make smart decisions. Dale spoke of important factors that make a statistics talk meaningful, such as it being articulate, interesting, and credible. He also gave a good introduction to the uses of Linear Regression as students in the statistics classes begin learning these topics in the coming weeks. Most importantly, Dale’s stories of using statistics to decrease the chance of airplanes crashing when flying through a storm or to develop accurate lead testing kits for houses with old paint were examples of how statistics are used in significant ways, and why the material learned in our classes is purposeful.
Written by Mara Kilgore '19