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Adkin , Homer

Basic research is like shooting an arrow in the air, where it lands, painting a target.

        Homer Adkins

        Nature 312:212 (1984)

Box , George Edward Pelham

In the first place, the best way to convey to the experimenter what the data tell him about  is to s how him a picture of the posterior distribution.

        G. E. P. Box & G. C. Tiao

Bayesian Inference in Statistical Analysis (1973)

As the Bayesian approach sets us free from the yoke of sufficiency, so numerical integration and the avf computers set us frailability oee from the need to worry about the"integrability in closed form" of the function".

G. E. P. Box & G. C. Tiao

Bayesian Inference in Statistical Analysis (1973)

All models are wrong, but some models are useful.

G. E. P. Box

Robustness in the Strategy of Scientific Model Building (1979)

Conroy , Ronan 

I'm not an outlier; I just haven't found my distribution yet!

        Ronan Conroy in Dublin, Ireland

Cox , D. R.

The objective of statistical analysis is to discover what conclusions can be drawn from data and to present these conclusions in as simple and lucid a form as is consistent with accuracy.

D. R. Cox and E. J. Snell

Applied Statistics (1981), section 4.1

Deming , William Edwards

The only useful function of a statistician is to make predictions, and thus to provide a basis for action.

William Edwards Deming

JASA  

Fisher , Ronald Aylmer

To call in the statistician after the experiment is done may be no more than asking him to perform a post-mortem examination: he may be able to say what the experiment died of.

Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher

address to Indian Statistical Congress (1938)

Natural selection is a mechanism for generating an exceedingly high degree of improbability.

Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher  

Galton , Francis 

Statistics are the only tools by which an opening can be cut through the formidable thicket of difficulties that bars the path of those who pursue the Science of Man.

        Francis Galton

       quoted in: Karl Pearson, ‘The Life, Letters and Labours of Francis Galton’ (1914)

Hooke , R.

It is commonly believed that anyone who tabulates numbers is a statistician. This is like believing that anyone who owns a scalpel is a surgeon.

R. Hooke

How to tell the Liars from the Statisticians (1983)

Karlin , Samuel

The purpose of models is not to fit the data but to sharpen the question.

Samuel Karlin

11th R. A. Fisher Memorial Lecture, Royal Society, 20–Apr–1983

Kendall , Maurice G.

[Referring to Bayesians]: If they would only do as he did and publish posthumously we should all be saved a lot of trouble.

Maurice G. Kendall

J.R.S.S.A. 131:185

Statistics is the branch of scientific method which deals with the data obtained by counting or measuring the properties of populations of natural phenomena. In this definition `natural phenomena' includes all the happenings of the external world, whether human or not.

Sir M. G. Kendall and A. Stuart

       The Advanced Theory of Statistics

Nightingale , Florence

The true foundation of theology is to ascertain the character of God. It is by the art of Statistics that law in the social sphere can be ascertained and codified, and certain aspects of the character of God thereby revealed. The study of statistics is thus a religious service.

      Florence Nightingale

      in F. N. David ‘Games, God and Gambling’ (1962)

 Narasimha , Rao   P. V.

Decisions are easier, you know, when there are no choices left.

P. V. Narasimha Rao

quoted in ‘the Observer’, 7–July–1991

Nightingale , Florence The true foundation of theology is to ascertain the character of God. It is by the art of Statistics that law in the social sphere can be ascertained and codified, and certain aspects of the character of God thereby revealed. The study of statistics is thus a religious service.

Florence Nightingale

in F. N. David ‘Games, God and Gambling’ (1962)

 

Pauling , Linus

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.

      Linus Pauling  

Pearson , Karl

Statistics are the only tools by which an opening can be cut through the formidable thicket of difficulties that bars the path of those who pursue the Science of Man.

Francis Galton

       quoted in: Karl Pearson, ‘The Life, Letters and Labours of Francis Galton’ (1914)

The unity of science consists alone in its method, not in its material.

       Karl Pearson

      The Grammar of Science (1892)

Phelps , E.J.

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.

      E. J. Phelps

      speech at Mansion House 24–Jan–1899

Rutherford , Lord

If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.

      Lord Rutherford

Thiel , Henri 

Models are to be used, but not to be believed.

      Henri Thiel

Tukey , John Wilder

Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than the exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.

John Wilder Tukey

Ann. Math. Stat. 33 (1962)

If we need a short suggestion of what exploratory data analysis is, I would suggest that

1. It is an attitude AND

2. A flexibility AND

3. Some graph paper (or transparencies, or both).

John Wilder Tukey

American Statistician (1986) 40: 74

In a world in which the price of calculation continues to decrease rapidly, but the price of theorem proving continues to hold steady or increase, elementary economics indicates that we ought to spend a larger and larger fraction of our time on calculation.

John Wilder Tukey

American Statistician (1986) 40: 74

The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data.

John Wilder Tukey

American Statistician (1986) 40: 74

The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyones backyard.

John Wilder Tukey

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